The Wait For Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh’s Wedding Pics Best Described By Smriti Irani


New Delhi: 

Looks like Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have taken the no-photos policy a bit too seriously for their wedding. Deepika and Ranveer’s South Indian wedding concluded on Wednesday morning but no photos of the newly-weds have been shared on social media yet. In the history of recent celebrity weddings, social media has never worked so hard as they are doing to catch a glimpse of the new bride and the groom. While fans on twitter have set tags such as ‘DeepikaWedsRanveer’ and ‘DeepVeerKiShaadi’ and ‘DeepVeerWedding’ trending, Union Minister Smriti Irani has aptly described how the wait for the first pictures of the couple seem a never-ending one.

Smriti Irani, who has a reputation for her hilarious posts on social media, zeroed in on a photo of a skeleton to say this: “When you have waited for Deep-Veer wedding pics for too longgggg.” You see the extra ‘g’s? LOL.

 

 

Here’s are few glimpses of #DeepVeerKiShaadi from what fan-clubs have shared:

 

 

 

 

The close-knit wedding, which includes a guest list of 45 names, is so much of a private affair that singer Harshdeep Kaur, who is performing at the wedding functions, had to take down her tweet today. It is reported that Deepika and Ranveer want to release the first pictures of their wedding on their own social media accounts. Deepika’s sister Anisha Padukone, complying with the no-photo police, updated her Instagram bio as “ladkiwale.” So sweet. Meanwhile, fan-clubs have curated these images.

A video shared by ANI, who shared the news of Deepika and Ranveer’s ‘married’ status, also tweeted a video of the wedding guests escorting the newly-weds to the boat. Ranveer and Deepika’s wedding functions are being held at Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como. Deepika and Ranveer appeared to be hiding their faces behind huge umbrellas.

 

 

Deepika and Ranveer’s North Indian wedding is scheduled for Thursday. An engagement party reportedly happened last night while Deepika and Ranveer also said to have enjoyed sangeet and mehendi ceremonies. Deepika and Ranveer have planned for two reception parties after the wedding festivities in Italy – one in Deepika’s hometown Bengaluru on November 21 and a grand Bollywood party in Mumbai on November 28.





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Smriti Mandhana Says India Have Done Their Research On Pakistan Team


The Indian women’s cricket team are all set to take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their second group match of the ICC Women’s World T20 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday. In the last editions of the World T20 in 2012 and 2016, India had lost to Pakistan and now would like to set the record straight. However, since the 2016 World T20, India have won all their three encounters against Pakistan. Ahead of the much-awaited clash, India opener Smriti Mandhana said that they have done their research on their opponents and would look carry the momentum forward.

“We have done our research on the Pakistan team, but there’s no single player, we have done research on all 15 players. So the way we played against New Zealand, we’d like to put up the same show,” said Smriti Mandhana was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com.

India had outclassed New Zealand by 34 runs to begin their campaign on a positive note. First, captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored a scintillating century and then the bowlers brilliantly stemmed the flow of runs.

However, star performer, Mandhana, did not have a good start to her World T20 campaign.

The Indian opener was dismissed for two off seven balls in the match against New Zealand and ahead of the big clash, Mandhana said that she doesn’t want to put pressure on herself. 

“I want to give my 100 per cent in every match, that’s the only aim I have. Because if I think about expectations, I won’t be able to perform, which I didn’t do in the last match. So it’s better for me not to put pressure on myself and just enjoy the game,” Mandhana said.

The match starts 20:30 PM IST.



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Smriti Mandhana Says Team India’s Goal Is To Win The Women’s T20 World Cup


Mandhana, who averages 21.17 in T20s, also said that she wants to give her side a solid start in every match. The 22-year-old left-hander further added that her side will first look to book a semi-final spot. “My goal is very simple in this World Cup, I want to give great start to the team because I’m an opener. Team goal is ofcourse to win the World Cup, last time we reached the finals in the 50-over format. First aim is to reach semis then final,” Mandhana was quoted as saying in an interview to bcci.tv.

The Indian women’s team is a mixed bag of experienced and rising stars comprising skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues and Veda Krishnamurthy.

Mandhana feels that anyone can win it for India on any given day. “We have a lot of match winners in the team, on a given day anyone can win you a Twenty20 match,” she said.

Mandhana, on the other hand, said that the Indian team is placed in a “very tough group”. In Group B, India are alongside Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

“Our group is very tough, in T20 it’s about the day (anyone team can win on their given day).”

India will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against New Zealand on the inaugural day of tournament, which is November 9.



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Smriti Mandhana Shines As India Beat Windies In Practice Match


The Indian women’s team made a statement ahead of the Women’s World T20 by beating defending champions the Windies in a practice match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on Sunday. Opting to bat, the Windies managed to put 115 runs on board at the loss of eight wickets. Later, opener Smriti Mandhana scored a quick-fire 32 off 20 balls to help India post 77/5 and clinch the rain-marred match by five wickets. Smriti Mandhana’s knock was laced with two boundaries and identical number of sixes over the fence.

For the Windies, skipper Hayley Matthews struck 41 runs on top of the order while Shemaine Campbelle (22) and Natasha McLean (18) played important cameo knocks.

In the bowling department, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav and Arundhati Reddy scalped two wickets each.

The Indian women’s cricket team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur will begin its World T20 campaign against New Zealand on November 9 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.

Team India have never won a Women’s World T20 with their best performance coming in the 2009 and 2010 editions, when they were knocked-out in the semi-finals.

However, Harmanpreet believes that there will be a lot of expectation on the Indian team after its runners-up finish in ODI World Cup and that her side will aim to be at her best during the forthcoming tournament.

“Naturally, expectations will be high from our team after our World Cup final appearance last year and we aim to be at our best during the tournament,” Harmanpreet told the International Cricket Council (ICC).

India are placed alongside Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in the Group B of the Women’s World T20.



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Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana Show Their Dance Moves Ahead Of ICC Women’s World T20


Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana Show Their Dance Moves Ahead Of ICC Women


The Indian women’s cricket team will begin its World T20 campaign against New Zealand © Twitter


The Indian women’s cricket team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur will begin its World T20 campaign against New Zealand on November 9 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Ahead of the tournament opener, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy and rising Indian star Jemimah Rodriguez were spotted showing off their dance moves in their national team jersey. The official Twitter handle of ICC World T20 posted the pictures of the same and said the Indian women’s team showed off their best moves.

Team India have never won a Women’s World T20 with their best performance coming in the 2009 and 2010 editions, when they were knocked-out in the semi-finals.

Harmanpreet believes that there will be a lot of expectation on the Indian team after its runners-up finish in ODI World Cup and that her side will aim to be at her best during the forthcoming tournament.

“The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be a competitive tournament with some tough league matches early on and no team can take it easy at any stage. Naturally, expectations will be high from our team after our World Cup final appearance last year and we aim to be at our best during the tournament,” Harmanpreet told the International Cricket Council (ICC).

India are placed along side Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in the Group B of the Women’s World T20.








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Smriti Irani: Will You Take Blood-Soaked Sanitary Pads To Friend’s?: Smriti Irani On Sabarimala


New Delhi: 

Everyone has the right to pray, but not to desecrate, Union Minister Smriti Irani today said in the middle of a fierce debate over the ban on women of menstrual age entering Kerala’s famous Sabarimala shrine and a Supreme Court order overturning it.

“I am nobody to comment on the Supreme Court verdict but I believe I have the right to pray, but not the right to desecrate,” Smriti Irani, 42, said at an event in Mumbai called the Young Thinkers’ Conference.

“It is plain common sense. Would you take sanitary napkins soaked in menstrual blood into a friend’s home? So why would you take them into the house of God,” said the minister.

She shared an incident when she had to wait outside a temple, with her son inside. “I was once shooed away from praying inside a fire temple at Andheri and handed over my son to priest for completing Navjote formalities. I stood on the road outside and prayed,” she said.

The comments have provoked sharp reactions on social media.

The Supreme Court last month ended a centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age, or between 10 and 50 years, entering the Sabarimala shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, a celibate god.

But no woman below 50 could enter the temple when it opened for the first time since the court order last week, amid massive protests by priests and hundreds of devotees who refused to let go of the archaic tradition. Both the BJP and the Congress backed the protesters and demanded that Kerala’s Left government come up with an ordinance or special order to override the Supreme Court order and restore the ban.





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Naveen Patnaik Depriving Odisha On Political Consideration: Smriti Irani


Bhubaneswar: 

Union minister Smriti Irani on Sunday accused Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of depriving the people of the state from the benefits of central schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, “on political consideration”.

About the fuel price issue, she said even as the NDA government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has slashed fuel prices by Rs 2.50 per litre, Naveen Patnaik was not ready to reduce state tax for giving relief to the people.

Addressing a BJP state executive meeting in Bhubaneswar, the Union textiles minister said, “Naveen Patnaik has deprived the people of Odisha from the benefits of Ayushman Bharat scheme on political consideration.”

Justifying her allegation, Ms Irani told reporters that Mr Patnaik “rejected” the Ayushman Bharat scheme despite the fact that over 60 per cent of Odisha’s women and children suffer from anemia and the state ranks number one in birth of stunted children.

Despite of the health scenario in the state, Naveen Patnaik preferred to reject the Ayushman Bharat scheme, Ms Irani said, adding, “The poor people are now raising question why they should not avail the benefits of the central scheme.”

Claiming that atrocities against women have been increasing in the state by the day, she said, “The BJD government has failed to maintain law and order in the state and provide protection to women and girls.”

On the BJP’s agenda of securing more than 120 of the total 147 seats in the Odisha Assembly, Smriti Irani said, “The BJP’s Mission 120 plus is not just about securing power in the state, it also aims to raise public awareness on issues of women atrocities, unemployment, corruption.”

The Union textiles minister said some BJP workers, during the state executive meeting, drew her attention to a proposal to revive the Odisha Textile Mills (OTM).

“Yes, the OTM can be revived, but the state government should take initiative towards this direction. The Centre will certainly extend a helping hand,” she said, adding that 50 per cent of the workers in Tirupur textile cluster in Tamil Nadu hailed from Odisha.

“If Odisha women and girls can make Tirupur Textile cluster successful, why cannot they do it in their state?” Ms Irani asked.

Reacting to Smriti Irani’s allegation, the spokesman of the ruling BJD, Sasmit Patra, said “The BJP is afraid of Odisha government’s Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. The BSKY offers better facilities than the Ayushman Bharat scheme.”

About Smriti Irani’s claim about rise in the atrocities against women in Odisha, the BJD spokesman said, “The Union minister should first say how safe women are in BJP-ruled states.”

On fuel price issue, Sasmit Patra said, “The BJP government announced reduction of fuel price by Rs 2.50 per litre keeping in view the elections in five states. They (BJP) are not worried about the people.”





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IGNOU Launches Certificate Programme On “Peace Studies and Conflict Management” For The Jail Inmates In Association With Gandhi Smriti, Darshan Smriti


New Delhi: 

To mark the 150th year of Mahatama Gandhi’s birth anniversary, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in association with Gandhi Smriti and Drashan Smriti has launched a Certificate programme on “Peace Studies and Conflict Management” for jail inmates across India. According to a statement from IGNOU, the certificate programme aims ‘to help jail inmates become better citizens once they go out and join the mainstream’.

The foundation programme would be available in both Hindi and English for the learners and initially would be launched at the jails and later would be open for everyone as the programme is relevant for all. 

Prof. Nageshwar Rao, VC, IGNOU announced that the programme would be free of cost for the jail inmates. He said that the jail inmates are not liabilities to the society and this programme could help them become assets. 

The launch function was held at the Gandhi Smriti. Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations was present as the chief guest. 

Prof D Gopal, IGNOU outlined the programme structure and thanked the more than 200 Gandhian Scholars who have contributed to the study material for the different courses on Gandhi for the university. 

Ms. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, Mahatama Gandhi’s granddaughter, while attending the launching event, urged the programme to be supplemented with some vocational training like “Charkha” spinning to empower them, to give them sense of being self-sufficient and not dependent as a symbolic way of instilling Gandhian Philopsphy of peace and non-violence. 

Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe in his inspiring speech has advised the university to suitably phrase the word conflict. He has further suggested that the aim of the programme should be towards cohesion creation and confluence. 

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Bihar BJP leader Smriti Irani shown black Flag in Gopalganj


गोपालगंजः बिहार में इन दिनों पहुंच रहे बीजेपी के बड़े-बड़े नेतआों को विरोध झेलना पड़ रहा है. बीजेपी नेताओं को अलग-अलग संगठनों द्वारा लगातार काला झंडा दिखाकर विरोध झेलना पड़ रहा है. विपक्षी दलों समेत एससी-एसटी आरक्षण के विरोध में सवर्ण सेना के लोगों का विरोध बीजेपी नेताओं और केंद्रीय मंत्रियों को झेलना पड़ रहा है. विरोध झेलने वाले नेताओं में स्मृति ईरानी का नाम भी शामिल हो गया है.

दरअसल, कंद्रीय मंत्री और बीजेपी नेता स्मृति ईरानी बिहार के गोपालगंज में एक कार्यक्रम में शामिल होने पहुंची हैं. लेकिन स्मृति ईरानी को यहां विरोध का सामना करना पड़ा. हालांकि स्मृति ईरानी के बिहार पहुंचते ही कार्यकर्ताओं ने उनका भव्य स्वागत किया. लेकिन गोपालगंज पहुंचते ही उन्हें भारी विरोध का झेलना पड़ा.

Bihar BJP leader Smriti Irani shown black Flag in Gopalganj

स्मृति ईरानी के काफिले को एनएसयूआई के कार्यकर्ताओं ने घेर लिया और जमकर उनके खिलाफ नारेबाजी की. वहीं, नारेबाजी के साथ-साथ उन्हें काला झंडा भी दिखाया गया. स्मृति ईरानी गोपालगंज में युवा संकल्प सम्मेलन को संबोधित करने पहुंची. लेकिन आयोजन में पहुंचने से पहले ही उन्हें विरोध का सामना करना पड़ा.

एनएसयूआई के कार्यकर्ताओं ने उन्हें काला झंडा दिखाकर केंद्र सरकार के खिलाफ नारेबाजी कर रहे थे. साथ ही एनएसयूआई के कार्यकर्ताओं द्वारा काला झंडा दिखाने के बाद बीजेपी कार्यकर्ता भी सामने आ गए. और काला झंडा दिखाने वाले एनएसयूआई कार्यकर्ताओं की पिटाई कर दी.

Bihar BJP leader Smriti Irani shown black Flag in Gopalganj

वहीं, पुलिस ने विरोध करने वाले कार्यकर्ताओं को हिरासत में ले लिया है. स्मृति ईरानी का कार्यक्रम गोपालगंज के मिंज स्टेडियम में आयोजित की गई थी.

इसके अलावा स्मृति ईरानी के कार्यक्रम से पहले ही कुछ असमाजिक तत्वों ने शहर में लगे बैनर पर कालिख पोत दी. शहर में लगे कई पोस्टरों में स्मृति ईरानी के चेहरे पर कालिख पोती गई है. हालांकि सूचना जैसे ही मिली तो बीजेपी के कार्यकर्ताओं ने उन पोस्टरों को तत्काल हटाकर वहां दूसरा पोस्टर लगा दिया है.

आपको बता दें कि मंगलवार को केंद्रीय मंत्री और बीजेपी नेता राम कृपाल यादव को भी भयंकर विरोध का सामना करना पड़ा. मुजफ्फरपुर में गरीब जनक्रांति पार्टी के कार्यकर्ताओं ने उनकी गाड़ी को रोक कर स्याही फेकी गई. वहीं, काले झंडे दिखाकर जोरदार प्रदर्शन किया गया. बताया जाता है कि राम कृपाल यादव बीजेपी के कार्यक्रम में शामिल होने मुजफ्फरपुर पहुंचे थे.

वहीं, इससे पहले सवर्ण सेना के लोगों ने आरक्षण के मुद्दे पर केंद्रीय मंत्री अश्विनी चौबे, बिहार के उपमुख्यमंत्री सुशील मोदी, बीजेपी प्रदेश अध्यक्ष नित्यानंद राय और बीजेपी नेता मनोज तिवारी को भी विरोध का सामना करना पड़ा.





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BCCI Congratulates Virat Kohli, Smriti Mandhana For Khel Ratna And Arjuna Award


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday congratulated skipper Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana on being honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna award respectively. Virat Kohli was conferred the highest sporting honour in the country by President Ram Nath Kovind at the National Sports Awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Smriti, the vice-captain of the women’s T20I team, who was honoured with the Arjuna award, was absent from the ceremony as she is currently on national duty in Sri Lanka. While Virat has successfully led India in different formats topping the batting charts, Smriti has been scoring heavily at the top of the order with much flair. Congratulating the duo, BCCI acting President CK Khanna said, “National Sports Awards are given to recognise and reward excellence in sports. Both Virat and Smriti have been excellent and it is a proud moment for the BCCI to see them get these awards.”

“Virat is the No. 1 batsman in Tests as well as ODIs and an exceptional leader. Smriti’s batting skills have been appreciated by one and all and she has a knack of getting big scores outside India,” he added.

List of Awardees

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu.

Arjuna Awards: Neeraj Chopra, Jinson Johnson and Hima Das (Athletics); N Sikki Reddy (Badminton); Satish Kumar (Boxing); Smriti Mandhana (Cricket); Shubhankar Sharma (Golf); Manpreet Singh, Savita (Hockey), Ravi Rathore (Polo), Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal, Shreyasi Singh (Shooting); Manika Batra, G Sathiyan (Table Tennis); Rohan Bopanna (Tennis); Sumit (Wrestling); Pooja Kadian (Wushu); Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics); Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton). 

Dronacharya Awards: CA Kuttappa (Boxing); Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting); A Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis); Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics); Clarence Lobo (Hockey, Lifetime); Tarak Sinha (Cricket, Lifetime); Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo, Lifetime); V R Beedu (Athletics, Lifetime). 

Dhyan Chand Awards: Satyadev Prasad (Archery); Bharat Kumar Chetry (Hockey); Bobby Aloysius (Athletics); Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling). 

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018

1. Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.

2. Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility: JSW Sports

3. Sports for Development: Isha Outreach    Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

(With inputs from agencies)





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