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Mouni Roy to be seen with Rajkummar Rao in ‘Made in China’

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MUMBAI: Mouni Roy has her kitty full of impressive projects lined-up in the near future. With her big Bollywood debut, Gold opposite Akshay Kumar on Independence Day this year, the actress is all set to take the industry by storm.

Mouni will then be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra that stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan. Latest reports suggest that the TV superstar (of Nagin fame) has bagged yet another big film. Mouni has been cast opposite Rajkummar Rao in Made In China that is being directed by Mukhil Musale and produced by Dinesh Vijan.

Talking about the film, Dinesh Vijan told a leading daily, “We wanted someone who’d connect with the heartland and Mouni, a typical Indian beauty, has a huge fan following. She has a strong personality but gentle eyes and is a good dancer, which is essential for the role. Her character has a passion for classical Indian dance. She has started working on her Gujarati dialect. Raj will start prep soon and the chameleon he is, I’m sure he’ll quickly get into character.”

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Kartik Aaryan replaces Sidharth Malhotra in upcoming ‘Kirik Party’

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MUMBAI: Producer Ajay Kapoor of Kyta Productions has roped in actor Kartik Aaryan, for the Hindi remake of Kannada blockbuster Kirik Party (2016). It’s a coming of age romantic film, which promises great music as well.

The film underlines how friendship and love can turn a boy into a compassionate man. The film, which was made on a small budget ran in cinemas for 150 days.

Confirming the same, producer Ajay Kapoor said in an official statement, “We are excited to have Kartik Aaryan on board. We felt only he can bring out this well-etched character on the big screen. Kyta Productions is also happy to introduce an extremely talented filmmaker Abhishek Jain with this college romance. We will start filming it this October and release it next year 2019.”

Abhishek Jain is a National Award winning filmmaker, who is known for his Gujarati hits Bey Yaar and Wrong Side Raju. As per reports, initially, Sidharth Malhotra was on board to reprise the role of Rakshit Shetty in the Hindi remake. But later it was Kartik, who was confirmed for the role, perhaps in keeping with his 100-crore success Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Produced by Dheeraj Wadhawan, Ajay Kapoor of Kyta Productions and Vrithika Laykar, Kirik Party, has two leading ladies.

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‘Manikarnika’ teaser to be out on August 15

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MUMBAI: Kangana Ranaut has put in her blood and sweat into making Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The film took a long time to wrap and involved long hours of shooting strenuous scenes with heavy costumes for the actress. Kangana also injured herself during the filming of this project.

But it seems all the hard work will soon pay off. The makers of the film are ready to release the teaser of the film in less than a month. The teaser is expected to be out by August 15. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is directed by Krish and backed by Zee Studios.

A leading news agency claimed that Kangana met the film’s producer, Kamal Jain, and saw the rushes of her film. After watching a few glimpses, the actress asked the producers to announce the release date of the teaser. Producer Kamal Jain also told the news agency, “The grandeur of the movie will surprise people and the action sequences of the film are quite amazing.”








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People to reject PML-N in upcoming polls: Pervaiz Elahi

F.P. Report

GUJRAT: Senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has criticized the PML-N leaderships for trying to creating political havoc in the country and adding that people will not welcome the Nawaz Sharif’s narrative in the upcoming general elections.

This he said while addressing to a public meeting in Gujrat. Former chief minister of Punjab, Pervaiz Elahi said that Sharif family ruled the country for years but all their activities were to please and benefit India.

He also criticized the ruler for importing the vegetables from India and declares it that such kind of approach will destroy our local farming community.

Pervaiz Elahi further said that the PML-N government gave the gift of inflation to the poor people of Pakistan. He said that the dollar reached all-time high of Rs128 due to wrong policies of former rulers.

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PSP to form next government in Sindh: Mustafa Kamal

F.P. Report

HYDERABAD: Chief of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), Mustafa Kamal has said that his party will clean sweep in the upcoming general elections to form government and it will open doors of development in the Sindh province.

This he said while inaugurating a party election office at Latifabad Unit-9 area of the city on late Wednesday night. Kamal said that the PSP would form the provincial government with its chief minister Sindh.

Regarding the political rivals, PSP chief alleged that both MQM and PPP had usurped the rights of the people of Sindh and looted the national exchequer with both hands as a result they drastically lost popularity among the masses.

Kamal further added that the citizens of Hyderabad could not be made fool with false slogan and they would now elect PSP candidates with thumping majority.

He said PSP leadership had raised voice for rights of people at the time when minimum punishment for telling truth was death set by those who enjoyed perks and privileges at the cost of the nation.

Mustafa Kamal was accompanied by PSP President Anees Kaimkhani on the occasion.



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PTI worker injured in firing incident

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Police has said that a worker of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was injured in a firing incident in Quaidabad area of Karachi late Wednesday night.

Police told media outlet that PTI worker Rehmat Ali was injured when shots were fired at a PTI office located near Daud Chowrangi and adding that the firing was perpetrated by a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Anwar Ali, who fled after the shooting.

A submachine gun and two magazines were recovered from the site of the incident.

The injured worker was taken to a hospital for medical attention.

Earlier on Wednesday, another incident of violence was reported from the federal capital where a scuffle broke out between workers of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and the law enforcement agencies.


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Emirates wins world’s best inflight entertainment award for 14th consecutive

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DUBAI: Emirates has won world’s best inflight entertainment award for the 14th year in a row at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018. The airline also secured a service excellence award for best airline staff service in the Middle East this year.

The Awards are considered a global benchmark of airline excellence. This year’s results were decided by more than 20 million customers across 100 countries. The survey reviewed over 335 airlines from August 2017 to May 2018.

“It’s an honour to be recognised by Skytrax for our commitment to innovation and service excellence. We always work hard to stay creative, relevant, and continue to build content that appeals to our multi-national and multi-cultural passengers. The fact that these awards are based on the direct feedback from passengers is gratifying and wonderful recognition for all of the hard work that’s gone into creating the Emirates experience,” said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President, and Customer Experience (IFEC).

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Zaman, Imam rise in ODI rankings

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KARACHI: Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq have improved their ODI batting rankings, after the latest update from the International Cricket Council. Zaman has continued his good run of form in the ongoing ODI series against Zimbabwe which has helped him move up by 14 places and he now sits on number 24 in the rankings for ODI batsmen.

Zaman’s opening partner Imam has also seen a significant improvement in his rankings as the left-handed batsman has jumped 70 places to reach 94th position on the table. Meanwhile middle-order batsman Babar Azam has been leapfrogged by Joe Root into second place, after the English batsman scored back-to-back centuries against India. Root had scores of three, 113 not out and 100 not out, which have earned him 34 points and have now put him 93 points behind India captain Virat Kohli. Kohli has also strengthened his position at the top of the tree following scores of 75, 45 and 71. Although he has earned just two points, these are enough to lift him to a career-high 911 points, which are sixth best in the list of all-time points and the highest since Australia’s Dean Jones tally of 918 points in March 1991. In the bowlers’ list, the biggest news is the movement of India’s Kuldeep Yadav. The left-arm wrist-spinner took nine wickets in the series, including six for 25 at Trent Bridge, which have been rewarded with a rise of eight places to a career-high sixth position.

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Zalmi always working to find and groom new talent: Javed

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KARACHI: Champions of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Peshawar Zalmi are extremely active in hunting and grooming new talent, team owner Javed Afridi has said.

Zalmi have been running different programmes and local leagues to unearth new talent from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and other parts of the world and has given the opportunity to many players to showcase their talents.

“There is a lot of talent in KP and we have been on the hunt for it since the inception of the PSL,” he said. “Players like Mohammad Arif, Khushdil Shah, Sameen Gul and others have been given a chance to impress and have been part of the Zalmi squad in the past.”

Afridi further highlighted how the team management is always on the lookout for new talent, especially the role played by head coach Mohammad Akram and batting coach and mentor Younis Khan.

“Our management includes Akram and Younis and they have kept a close eye on the young talent in the country. They are and will be working closely to identify new talent before the next edition commences,” he said.

The PSL franchise, which has gone beyond the border to find new talent, has been introducing local leagues every year and this year they plan to hold the Madrasa Cricket League.

“We have the Madrasa Cricket League coming up in August, which is aimed to promote peace and interfaith harmony among the youth. There is a lot of talent in those young men and that will be on display through this league,” said Afridi.

“Other than that, we have the Global Zalmi League and the Zalmi School League which has seen us work with amazing cricketers in the country and also abroad. Other than that, the 100-pitches project is also under way in KP and we plan to improve the grass-root structure of cricket,” he said.

The Global Zalmi League is an initiative by Peshawar Zalmi which allows cricketers residing outside Pakistan to showcase their talent, while the top performers are picked in the drafts of various T20 leagues across the world.

“A large number of people closely follow this league and it has helped establish the image of Zalmi outside our own country. We had two Chinese cricketers with us during the PSL last season and Zalmi has gradually evolved as a brand in no time,” he said.

PSL has given the Pakistan team some fine cricketers and there certainly are more to come. “Zalmi has been renowned for giving youngsters a proper run in the mega event. We have had the likes of Hasan Ali and Ibtisam Sheikh as examples with us, who have prospered through this platform and made a name for themselves. We have been very successful with this idea and are going to carry on with this in the future editions as well. We have always believed in a blend of juniors and seniors in the team and keeping the dressing room environment healthy,” he added.

He further said that Pakistan has a lot of talent and if picked carefully and on merit, it can result in a large pool of players that will be ready to replace the current squad in no time at all.

“The PSL has been very productive in this cause and as one of the few franchises in the league, we have always highlighted this aspect by giving youngsters a proper run and keeping them with stalwarts of the game such as Darren Sammy, Tamim Iqbal, Chris Jordan etc. We will be introducing more players in the future editions and I am sure the national team will benefit from this,” he said.

Talking about the success of the PSL, he said that since the introduction of the PSL in the Pakistan cricket calendar, the national team has moved up in the rankings and have found players like Hasan, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf and more.

“I am sure franchises of others leagues around the globe are well aware of the progress of the PSL and its impact on our cricket in a very short time. It will only grow bigger in the upcoming years,” he added.


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Boxers likely to get two-weeks training in Iran for Asian Games

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) is likely to send boxers for two-weeks training to Iran this month in order to prepare them for Asian Games to take place in Jakarta from August 18 to September 2. Talking to APP, PBF Secretary, Lt. Col. (R) Muhammad Nasir Ijaz Tung said currently the boxers training camp for Asian Games is underway here at Pakistan Sports Complex.

“A total of 18 male and 6 female boxers are being trained by coaches Arshad Hussain, Ali Bux and Ramzan in the camp,” he said. He said we are planning a tour to Iran from July 21 to August 8 (two weeks) in order to train the boxers for the Games. “Currently we are working to get visas for the boxers and as soon as we get them we will send boxers to Iran,” he said.