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Who doesn’t like Bollywood Movies? They are so quintessentially Indian that we can’t help but love them. They are a great source of entertainment.

Bollywood is one big and popular industry and every year it produces movies, some of which makes us think and others which makes us cringe. From social issues to totally nonsensical plots, Bollywood movies have it all.


Here is the list of Bollywood Movies to be released in 2018 for which we are waiting eagerly :

2.0

The much-anticipated remake of the super hit movie, 2.0, will star megastar Rajnikanth, Akshay Kumar, and Amy Jackson. This science fiction, the action film is one of the most highly anticipated movies which audiences are eagerly waiting for. It will release on 25th January 2018. Check the trailer out:

Padman

This movie’s inspiration is the life of Coimbatore based Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man who found a way to make affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village. Directed by R. Balki, this movie stars Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in the lead roles and is highly anticipated. Check the trailer below :

Chanda Mama Door Ke

This is an upcoming sci-fi Hindi thriller, where Sushant Singh Rajput will play an astronaut. Directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, this movie is said to be the first of its kind which makes it one of the most awaited movies of 2018. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, R. Madhavan, and Saif Ali Khan. This upcoming Bollywood movie will release on 26th January 2018. heck, the trailer here :

Fanney Khan

The remake of the Oscar-nominated Dutch film, “Everybody’s Famous,” Fanney Khan is a musical comedy which features Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. The star cast and the story make it much anticipated. The movie is expected to release on 13th April 2018.

Pari

Pari is a thriller drama starring Anushka Sharma. This movie is her third venture as a producer.Her co-actor will be Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee. Prosit Roy is the director for this much-anticipated film. The movie is scheduled to release on February 09, 2018. Have a look at its first look now:

Kaalakaandi

Kaalakaandi is another much awaited Bollywood Movie of 2018.is Directed by Delhi Belly fame director, Akshat Verma, it features Saif Ali Khan in the lead role and shows a closely knitted tale underworld goons, doomed bankers and idealistic lovers in the city of Mumbai. This is a dark comedy thriller, which is expected to release on 12th January 2018. Have a look at its trailer here :

Aiyaari

Aiyaari is a much anticipated Bollywood movie by the director of films like Special 26, Baby, etc., Neeraj Pandey. Starring Siddharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles, the film is about what a soldier does when ultimately faced with a crisis. The movie will be a thrilling ride for the audience and will release on January 26, 2018. Check the trailer below :

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is directed by National Award Winning Director Krish and stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role. It is an Indian epic biographical film about the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi with a budget of 75 crores. This Bollywood movie is much anticipated and is set to hit the theaters on 27th April 2018. Check its digital poster below :

Udanchhoo

Udanchhoo is an upcoming Hindi Feature Film, starring Prem Chopra, Ashutosh Rana, Bruna Abdullah & Saisha Sehgal. It is a con-comedy set in the metropolitan city of Mumbai, directed by Vipin Parashar. It is expected to be really entertaining and will release on 5th January. Check the trailer out below :


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Char Dham Yatra resumed on Friday with more than 16,000 devotees resuming the pilgrimage from the Rishikesh camp.

As weather cleared up in Uttarakhand, Char Dham Yatra restored on Friday with more than 16,000 devotees resuming the pilgrimage from the Rishikesh camp.

According to sources, road leading to Badrinath has been repaired and helicopter service has also resumed.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Dungi village and met families of people who were missing after the landslip incident, and consoled them.

Dhami assured them of all possible assistance. Two people from the village are still reported to be missing.

Pilgrims were seen leaving from Rishikesh Char Dham Bus terminal and Haridwar bus station for the pilgrimage since morning.

As per the state government, various departments -- Devasthanam Board, police are assisting the pilgrims.

Police Chowki Yatra Bus Terminal, Rishikesh, was announcing passenger-information via loudspeaker.

Free RT-PCR tests of pilgrims were being conducted at Rishikesh bus terminal.

Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board's media in-charge Dr Harish Gaur said pilgrimage was on in Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, while for Kedarnath, helicopter service was also available.

Though the weather was cold in all dhams, thankfully there was no rain, he added.

Portals of the temple in Badrinath will close on November 20, Gangotri on November 5, while that of Kedarnath and Yamunotri on November 6.

Uttarakhand floods, triggered by a major downpour from October 17 to 19, have claimed 65 lives so far, 3,500 people have been rescued while 16,000 evacuated to safety.

Seventeen teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), seven teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 15 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and 5,000 police personnel have been engaged in rescue and relief operations.

The state has already been provided with Rs 250 crore Disaster Fund which is being used for relief works.

To prevent spread of the diseases, the Central and state governments have decided to send medical teams to the affected areas.

Snapped power lines will be restored at the earliest, the government assured.

The state government said that as soon as alert for heavy rainfall was issued, the Incident Response System was activated at state and district levels, and pilgrims were halted at safer places. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Uttarakhand, India, Char Dham Yatra, PushkarDhami, Rishikesh.


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Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.

The Centre has continued the Naga peace talks with the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) leaders, but negotiations face roadblocks as the Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.

The sources aware of these developments said that the Centre was hopeful that a successful solution of the six decades-long peace talks would arrive at a logical conclusion, but in the recent statements, Naga leaders have accused the Centre of offering post-solution options.

Sources quoting the stand of Naga leaders said that NSCN's stand was loud and clear that it would not follow the forbidden route to the Naga solution that was linked to foregoing the Naga national flag and Constitution, which is the face of the Naga political struggle and identity.

The Naga leaders have also said that the Centre has been using divisive policy and flattery in the name of finding the Naga political solution when the matters heated up.

When the Centre resumed the peace process in September this year and sent the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) A.K. Mishra as the Ministry of Home Affairs' emissary to the rebel outfit's chief negotiator and general secretary T. Muivah, he assured him (Muivah) that the peace talks would be initiated under the original framework signed in 2015, a source in the Naga rebel group said.

"Here we are talking about the Naga national flag and Yehzabo (Constitution), the two issues that are holding up the Naga solution under the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks in Delhi.

"The chequered history of the Indo-Naga political issue is clear enough before us, with accords and agreements that were never meant to be implemented in letter and spirit", an important office-bearer of the rebel outfit said while criticizing the governments' stand.

Accusing the Centre, he further accused the Centre of persuading the Naga people again to accept whatever is being offered to hurry up the Naga talks.

On the invitation of the Centre, the senior leaders of the NSCN-IM including T. Muivah arrived in the national capital on October 6 this year to hold another round of talks with the Centre.

Both, the Centre and the Naga leaders had indicated their keenness on resolving this long pending issue by the end of this year in an amicable manner.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had been actively involved in the resumption of the peace talks and taking it forward to a logical conclusion.

Soon after the transfer of Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who was appointed as the Centre's interlocutor for the Naga peace talks on August 29, 2014, to Tamil Nadu, the peace talks resumed on September 20 in Kohima when the Centre representative met the Naga leaders and invited them to visit Delhi for further rounds of peace talks.

The NSCN-IM and the other outfits entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India in 1997 and over 80 rounds of negotiations with the Centre have been held in the past in successive governments. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Nagaland, India, Constitution, Politics, Flag.


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India-England test series will now be played next year from July 1 at Edgbaston Stadium

The series decider for the Test series between England and India will now be played at Edgbaston from July 1 next year, said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday. India is currently leading the series 2-1 before the fifth Test at Old Trafford was cancelled hours before the start due to concerns over COVID-19 outbreak in the tourists' camp.

"The fifth match of the LV= Insurance Test Series between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022. The match, which was due to take place last month at Emirates Old Trafford, was called off when India were unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of Covid-19 cases inside the camp," said an ECB statement.

"With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," added the statement.

ECB also said that due to the rescheduled Test, the white-ball series between England and India will now start six days later than originally planned. The T20I series will begin on July 7 at Ageas Bowl with Edgbaston and Trent Bridge hosting the second and third matches respectively on July 9 and 10. It will be followed by the ODI series starting on July 12 at The Oval followed by Lord's and Old Trafford hosting the second and third ODI on July 14 and 17 respectively.

"Ticket holders do not have to take any action as all tickets will remain valid for the equivalent rearranged matchday at their host venue. Host venues will communicate the new fixture details to ticket purchasers and the options available to them, including the timeframe for requesting a refund if they are not able to attend the new match day," further said the statement.

"We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with BCCI to creating a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far. I'm very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they've shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I'd also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible," said Tom Harrison, the CEO of the ECB.

"We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance. We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players' welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game."

"I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale. The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution," said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Britain, BCCI, Test Match, Cricket.