Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0530 Govt must read 'extremely important' dissent order in Sabarimala verdict: Justice Nariman http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17622/govt-must-read--extremely-important--dissent-order-in-sabarimala-verdict--justice-nariman http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17622/govt-must-read--extremely-important--dissent-order-in-sabarimala-verdict--justice-nariman Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:12:43 +0530 ]]>| Justice R F Nariman of the Supreme Court on Friday said the government must read the "extremely important dissent" order in the Sabarimala case. New Delhi | Justice R F Nariman of the Supreme Court on Friday said the government must read the "extremely important dissent" order in the Sabarimala case.

Justice Nariman had penned the dissent order on behalf of himself and Justice D Y Chandrachud.

"Please tell your government to read the dissent judgment delivered in the Sabaimala case yesterday, which is extremely important.... Inform your authority and the government to read it," he told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

Justices Nariman and Chandrachud, who were a part of the five-judge Constitution bench in the Sabarimala case, had on Thursday dissented from the majority verdict and had dismissed the plea seeking review of the apex court's earlier judgment allowing entry of women of all ages to the Sabairmala temple.

He said this to Mehta when the court was hearing an appeal filed by the Enforcement Directorate challenging the Delhi High Court verdict granting bail to Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar in a money laundering case.

The SC dismissed the ED plea.

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Manushi Chillar to make acting debut opposite Akshay Kumar in 'Prithviraj' http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17621/manushi-chillar-to-make-acting-debut-opposite-akshay-kumar-in--prithviraj-- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17621/manushi-chillar-to-make-acting-debut-opposite-akshay-kumar-in--prithviraj-- Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:53:14 +0530 ]]> Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is set to make her Bollywood debut opposite superstar Akshay Kumar in Yash Raj Film's historical drama "Prithviraj". Mumbai | Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is set to make her Bollywood debut opposite superstar Akshay Kumar in Yash Raj Film's historical drama "Prithviraj".

The film, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, is based on the life Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan.

Akshay will play the titular character, while Manushi will essay the role of Sanyogita.

"We auditioned a lot of young, fresh faces for the role because we were looking for a stunningly gorgeous Indian heroine. While Sanyogita was an incredibly beautiful person, she was also a strong, confident girl. We were looking to find someone who could match the magnetic persona of Sanyogita and we found that in Manushi.

"She auditioned for the role a couple of times because we wanted to be dead sure with this casting and she nailed it each time. She has been rehearsing six days a week since then and she is being thoroughly groomed for the last 9 months by YRF," Dwivedi said in a statement.

Manushi said it is an honour for her to work with some of the biggest names in the Hindi film industry and she will try her best to do justice to the part.

"My life, so far, has really been a fairy tale. From becoming Miss India and then Miss World to now getting such a big project as my debut film, it's like a new, exciting chapter of my life.

"It is a huge responsibility to play princess Sanyogita. She was a powerful personality and she stood up for what is right and took the most important decisions of her life by herself. Her life is an extremely important chapter in Indian history and I will try my best to play her as accurately as possible," Manushi said.

"Prithviraj" will release worldwide on Diwali 2020.

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India reach 188/3 at lunch on day two, lead Bangladesh by 38 runs http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17620/india-reach-188-3-at-lunch-on-day-two--lead-bangladesh-by-38-runs- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17620/india-reach-188-3-at-lunch-on-day-two--lead-bangladesh-by-38-runs- Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:50:21 +0530 ]]>| India were 188 for 3 at lunch on day two, leading Bangladesh by 38 runs in the first Test here on Friday. Indore | India were 188 for 3 at lunch on day two, leading Bangladesh by 38 runs in the first Test here on Friday.

Opener Mayank Agarwal was unbeaten on 91 and Ajinkya Rahane was batting on 35 at the break.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 1st innings: 150 all out in 58.3 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 43; Mohammed Shami 3/27) India 1st innings: 188 for 3 in 54 overs (Mayank Agarwal 91 not out , Cheteshwar Pujara 54; Abu Jayed 3/58)

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Draft CMP with Sena, NCP focuses on farmers, jobs: Cong leader http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17619/draft-cmp-with-sena--ncp-focuses-on-farmers--jobs--cong-leader http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17619/draft-cmp-with-sena--ncp-focuses-on-farmers--jobs--cong-leader Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:46:17 +0530 ]]>The draft common minimum programme (CMP) prepared ahead of government formation in Maharashtra focuses on farmers and measures to tackle unemployment, a senior Congress leader said on Friday. Mumbai | The draft common minimum programme (CMP) prepared ahead of government formation in Maharashtra focuses on farmers and measures to tackle unemployment, a senior Congress leader said on Friday.

Leaders of the Congress, the NCP and the Shiv Sena met here on Thursday to work out a common minimum programme (CMP) before finalising a possible alliance for government formation in Maharashtra involving the three parties.

Talking to PTI, the Congress leader, who did not wish to be named, said representatives of the Congress, the NCP and the Sena have prepared a draft CMP which will now be approved and finalised by top leaders of the three parties.

"All inclusive development and justice to all sections of the society is the criteria on what we will work if the CMP is approved by the leadership of all three parties," he said.

Among other issues, the draft CMP focuses on solving the problems being faced by farmers and tackling unemployment, the Congress leader said.

The Congress leader said another meeting will be held among the three parties if any suggestion for inclusion or deletion of any issue is made.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar is expected to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on November 17 in New Delhi where a final decision on government formation is likely to be taken.

Meanwhile, when contacted, senior Congress leader Manikrao Thakare said Gandhi will take the final call on the draft CMP and then a decision will be taken on how to move forward.

The Sena reached out to the Congress-NCP combine for government formation after its demand for sharing the chief minister's post and equal distribution of portfolios was rejected by the BJP, its pre-poll ally.

The BJP and the Sena, which fought the October 21 polls in alliance, secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member assembly, where the majority mark is 145.

The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.

President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, stating that formation of a stable government was impossible in the current political situation.

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Ronaldo hat-trick fires Portugal to brink of Euro 2020 qualification http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17618/ronaldo-hat-trick-fires-portugal-to-brink-of-euro-2020-qualification http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17618/ronaldo-hat-trick-fires-portugal-to-brink-of-euro-2020-qualification Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:59:49 +0530 ]]>Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth international hat-trick as Portugal moved to the brink of qualifying for Euro 2020 with a 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania in Faro on Thursday. Faro (Portugal) | Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth international hat-trick as Portugal moved to the brink of qualifying for Euro 2020 with a 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania in Faro on Thursday.

The reigning European champions were made to wait for qualification however as Serbia battled to a 3-2 win over Luxembourg in the other game in Group B.

Ronaldo had been substituted in his last two club games by Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian claiming the striker had been struggling with a knee injury.

He reportedly left the stadium before the final whistle after being taken off by Sarri during Juve's 1-0 Serie A win over AC Milan at the weekend.

"I knew he (Ronaldo) was able to play," Portugal coach Fernando Santos told Portuguese TV channel RTP.

"His match put an end to the doubts about his physical condition, for those who had doubts. I personally had none, and I said that." Portugal sit second in the standings behind Ukraine, who have already qualified, and one point clear of Serbia, but can secure their spot at next year's finals with victory in Luxembourg on Sunday.

Ronaldo has now scored 98 international goals and will be hoping to become the second-ever player to reach 100 this weekend.

Iranian great Ali Daei holds the all-time record with 109 international strikes.

Ronaldo got Portugal underway with a seventh-minute penalty after being brought down in the area himself, before adding a fantastic second midway through the first half with a curling effort into the top corner.

Benfica midfielder Pizzi drilled in a fine third less than seven minutes into the second period.

Goals from Goncalo Paciencia and Bernardo Silva made it five just after the hour mark, and Ronaldo was allowed the freedom of the Lithuanian area to complete the 55th treble of his career.

The 34-year-old Juventus forward has scored 13 goals in his last seven Portugal appearances.

He missed a golden chance to move within one of his century not long after scoring his third when totally unmarked 10 yards from goal he blazed an effort over the crossbar.

Ronaldo's other hat-tricks include 44 for Real Madrid, one for Juventus and one for Manchester United. (

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Federer outclasses Djokovic to reach ATP Finals semis http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17617/federer-outclasses-djokovic-to-reach-atp-finals-semis- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17617/federer-outclasses-djokovic-to-reach-atp-finals-semis- Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:56:27 +0530 ]]>Roger Federer produced a near-flawless performance as he avenged his Wimbledon defeat by Novak Djokovic and qualified for the last four of the ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory on Thursday. London | Roger Federer produced a near-flawless performance as he avenged his Wimbledon defeat by Novak Djokovic and qualified for the last four of the ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory on Thursday.

The Swiss started the tournament with a chastening straight-sets defeat to Dominic Thiem but found his best form when it mattered.

Defeat for the second seed spells the end of his bid to overtake Rafael Nadal and finish as year-end number one.

Roared on by a raucous packed house at London's O2 Arena, six-time champion Federer looked in the groove from the start, cranking up the pressure on Djokovic's serve and dropping just three points on his own serve in the whole set.

The Serbian upped his game at the start of the second set but Federer saved the one break point he faced and broke twice to canter to victory.

The third seed, making his 17th appearance at the ATP Finals, is into his 16th semi-final at the year-end event.

Djokovic needed to win the title to have a chance at knocking Nadal off the top spot, but now the Spaniard is guaranteed to finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fifth time, tying him with Federer, Djokovic and American Jimmy Connors.

"Great atmosphere, great opponent," said Federer.

"It was definitely incredibly special. I enjoyed it from the beginning.

"I played incredible and I knew I had to because that's what Novak does. It was definitely magical. You guys made it super special, I can't thank you enough." Speaking about what was different from Wimbledon, he said: "I won match point I guess. It was so close at Wimbledon. It was a privilege to play that match, so many ups and downs. I couldn't be more happy right now." Federer finishes second in Group Bjorn Borg, behind Thiem, who also beat Djokovic earlier this week. The Swiss will face the Group Andre Agassi winner on Saturday.

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Djokovic looked nervy at the start of the winner-takes-all contest, double-faulting twice in the third game, in which he was broken to love.

As cries of "Let's go Roger, let's go" rang around the cavernous stadium, Federer was dead-eyed on his serve, hitting eight aces, including a second-serve ace, in the first set.

Federer's service level dipped in the second set and Djokovic earned his first break point of the match in the fourth game, which the Swiss saved.

He broke Djokovic again in the fifth game to take an iron grip on the match and repeated the trick to take the second set 6-3.

Djokovic, who now holds a 26-23 advantage, had won their past five meetings, including their epic five-set battle in the final at Wimbledon in July, during which he saved two championship points.

Djokovic admitted Federer deserved to win, saying he "did everything right" and admitting he himself had played badly.

But he said he was happy with his season overall, adding: "If I have to draw the line, I think it was still a very good season, winning two Slams and five titles." In Thursday's early match in Group Bjorn Borg, which was a dead rubber, eighth seed Matteo Berrettini beat Thiem 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

In doing so, the 23-year-old became the first Italian to win a match at the season-ending championships.

Fifth seed Thiem did not hit the heights he reached during his three-set win against Djokovic, notching just 12 winners compared with 50 against the Serbian.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has already qualified for the semi-finals from Group Andre Agassi, leaving Nadal, defending champion Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev to scrap it out for the other spot on Friday.

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Sensex rises over 200 pts on firm global cues http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17616/sensex-rises-over-200-pts-on-firm-global-cues http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17616/sensex-rises-over-200-pts-on-firm-global-cues Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:52:19 +0530 ]]>Equity benchmark BSE Sensex jumped over 200 points in early trade on Friday tracking gains in banking, auto and energy stocks amid positive cues from global markets Mumbai | Equity benchmark BSE Sensex jumped over 200 points in early trade on Friday tracking gains in banking, auto and energy stocks amid positive cues from global markets.

The 30-share index was trading 206.79 points, or 0.51 per cent, higher at 40,493.27, while the broader NSE Nifty rose 55.05 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 11,927.15.

Top gainers in the Sensex pack included SBI, Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, Vedanta, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, Tata Steel, M&M, HCL Tech and Sun Pharma, rising up to 3 per cent.

On the other hand, HDFC, NTPC, Axis Bank and Bajaj Auto fell up to 0.43 per cent.

On Thursday, the Sensex ended 170.42 points, or 0.42 per cent, higher at 40,286.48. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty rose 31.65 points, or 0.27 per cent, to end at 11,872.10.

Foreign institutional investors offloaded shares worth Rs 562.05 crore in the capital market in the previous session, while domestic institutional investors purchased equities worth Rs 82.74 crore, data available with stock exchange showed.

Globally, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading on a positive note amid reports that the first-phase of trade talks between the US and China is in its final stage.

Stock exchanges on Wall Street ended on a mixed note on Thursday.

On the currency front, the rupee appreciated 14 paise (intra-day) against the US dollar to trade at 71.82 in early session.

Brent futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.45 per cent to USD 62.56 per barrel.

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Rupee rises 18 paise to 71.78 vs USD in early trade http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17615/ http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17615/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:49:57 +0530 ]]>The Indian rupee appreciated by 18 paise to 71.78 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday as gains in domestic equity market and weakening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas strengthened investor sentiments. Mumbai | The Indian rupee appreciated by 18 paise to 71.78 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday as gains in domestic equity market and weakening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas strengthened investor sentiments.

At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 71.80 then gained further ground and touched a high of 71.78, registering a rise of 18 paise over its previous close.

On Thursday, rupee had settled for the day at 71.96 against the US dollar.

The domestic unit however could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 71.86 against the dollar at 1008 hrs.

Higher opening in domestic equities supported the local unit, forex traders said.

Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Friday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 212.50 points higher at 40,498.98 and Nifty up 53.20 points at 11,925.30.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, fell marginally by 0.03 per cent to 98.13.

Market participants, however, said sustained foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices weighed on local currency.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, pulling out Rs 562.05 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.43 per cent to trade at USD 62.55 per barrel.

The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.52 per cent in morning trade.

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India reduce Bangladesh to 63/3 at lunch http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17613/india-reduce-bangladesh-to-63-3-at-lunch http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17613/india-reduce-bangladesh-to-63-3-at-lunch Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:05:03 +0530 ]]> India's fast bowlers made the ball talk on a helpful track, reducing Bangladesh to 63 for three in 26 overs at lunch on day one of the first Test here on Thursday. Indore | India's fast bowlers made the ball talk on a helpful track, reducing Bangladesh to 63 for three in 26 overs at lunch on day one of the first Test here on Thursday.

The trio of Umesh Yadav (10-4-26-1), Ishant Sharma (7-4-12-1) and Mohammed Shami (5-1-12-1) made life difficult for the visiting team batsmen after skipper Virat Kohli opted to bowl considering the greenish tinge on the 22-yard surface.

At the break, skipper Mominul Haque (22 batting, 56 balls) and the seasoned Mushfiqur Rahim (14 batting, 22 balls) were at the crease, having added 32 runs for the fourth wicket.

The pace unit, which has been on the top of its game over the last 24 months, bowled a probing line during the first spell and the disconcerting extra bounce made life difficult for the Bangladeshi batsmen.

Comeback man Imrul Kayes (6, 18 balls) looked troubled from the start as Umesh kept troubling him with deliveries that came back sharply after pitching, literally cutting the left-hander into half.

However Umesh was having some problems in his follow through as he was stepping into the danger area. In order to avoid getting a warning, he started coming wide off the crease and created the angle where it beat the edge after pitching.

He bowled one fast and full as Kayes was squared up, giving a regulation catch to Ajinkya Rahane at third slip.

Ishant on the other hand was using his height to create an awkward bounce from the length and got young Shadman Islam (6, 24 balls) to edge one to Wriddhiman Saha, who easily caught it with a 'reverse cup'.

At 12 for 2, Mohammed Mithun (12) joined his skipper. The duo batted for 11 overs, close to an hour but only 19 runs were scored which certainly increased the pressure on Bangladesh.

However Mithun, who had survived one DRS on umpires' call off Umesh's bowling, wasn't lucky the second time when Shami came in as one change. He bowled one full that tailed in and caught the right-hander plumb in-front making it 31 for 3.

It could well have been four down but Mushfiqur survived when a thickish outside edge off Umesh's bowling flew towards a diving Kohli's right but the ball popped out of his hands.

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Rafale deal: SC closes contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi, asks him to be careful in future http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17612/rafale-deal--sc-closes-contempt-plea-against-rahul-gandhi--asks-him-to-be-careful-in-future http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/17612/rafale-deal--sc-closes-contempt-plea-against-rahul-gandhi--asks-him-to-be-careful-in-future Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:47:46 +0530 ]]>The Supreme Court on Thursday closed the contempt plea against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his "chowkidar chor hai" remark in the Rafale case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Thursday closed the contempt plea against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his "chowkidar chor hai" remark in the Rafale case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The court said the remarks made by Gandhi were far from true and he should have refrained from those and could have been careful.

"It is unfortunate that without any verification certain remarks were made by the contemnor (Rahul Gandhi) against the prime minister," a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said.

The bench referred to the affidavit filed by him tendering unconditional apology and said, "Gandhi enjoys an important position in political spectrum and no court should be dragged to political discourse, whether valid or invalid".

"Mr. Gandhi needs to be more careful in future," the bench added.

The bench noted that subsequently the contemnor has filed an affidavit that contempt proceedings should not be taken forward.

"in view of the affidavit filed by Gandhi, we close contempt proceedings initiated against him," the bench said.

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