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The DD synopsis began,A campaign is launched in 2002… Hellowhy so squeamish about communal riots shailajabajpai@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by PTI | London | Published: March 20 2013 1:05 pm Top News Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne has emerged as Simon Cowell’s number one contender to replace the recently axed Tulisa Contostavlos on the UK version of the X Factor Former N-Dubz star Tulisa has just been dropped from her post on the upcoming season of the hit reality showand the show’s boss Cowell has made Ozzy Osbourne’s wife his number one target after former Spice Girl Melanie Brown ruled herself out of the runningreported The Sun Brownwho was a guest judge on the show last yearhad been in contention to star as a judge on the new series before committing herself to the next season of Australia’s Got Talent Sharon’s return to the show will come six years after she last appeared on the showwhere she was based from the show’s inauguration in 2004 until 2007and now she is apparently the only person on Cowell’s radar “Simon is a huge fan of Sharon Things are looking good for her She is in pole position” a source close to the music mogul said Another former X Factor UK judgeDannii Minoguewill be taking on judging duties on the Australian version of the show for the next season The native-Australianwho famously fell out with Sharon back in 2007has relocated back down under so she can spend more time with her family For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 22 2017 6:22 pm The Ghazi Attack box office collection day 6: Actor Rana Daggubati has called it a very important film Related News So far for Hindi-speaking audience actor Rana Daggubati was Baahubali’s Bhallala the perfect villain But after his latest release The Ghazi Attack Rana has made a mark in Bollywood as the main lead The underwater war film which entered its day 6 on Wednesday has earned Rs 2255 cr until Tuesday The bilingual film’s figures are for both its Hindi and Telugu versions combined WATCH VIDEO |Here’s A Look At Ghazi Attack’s Box Office Collections Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted “#TheGhaziAttack is STEADY… Fri 165 cr Sat 225 cr Sun 280 cr Mon 155 cr Tue 150 cr Total: 975 cr… Note: Hindi version” He also shared the overall collection of the film and wrote “#TheGhaziAttack – All versions: Fri 425 cr Sat 525 cr Sun 625 cr Mon 365 cr Tue 315 cr Total: 2255 cr” During the promotions of The Ghazi Attack Rana had called it a very very important film “India has the fourth largest navy in the world and we don’t have one film or documentary on the navy that we have seen before this film I’m very ashamed I knew very little about the navy After this film I’m extremely proud that I was able to bring one of the many many stories of the Indian navy to the big screen” Rana had said Also read |The Ghazi Attack box office collection day 5: Rana Daggubati film earns Rs 2255 cr When Rana was asked whether he was confident that the film which is touted to be India’s first underwater war film will click with the moviegoers in Tamil Nadu he said he believes that audience will always appreciate a quality film Rana had also confirmed that the makers have submitted the film for tax-exemption and are hoping the government will do the needful The Ghazi Attack also stars Kay Kay Menon Taapsee Pannu and Atul Kulkarni About 30 percent of the film is shot underwater with extensive use of special effects For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Gaurav Bhatt | New Delhi | Published: August 6 2017 9:26 am Pro boxing in India Related News Back in June 2015 when he announced that he was turning pro Vijender Singh’s decision hogged all the headlines as did his debut bout a win over Sonny Whiting four months later Over the next 14 months the Olympic bronze medallist boxer maintained an unbeaten run coasting to a professional win-loss record of 8-0 On Saturday when Vijender stepped into the ring the stakes were the highest they’d ever been He was defending the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title while looking to take the Oriental Super Middleweight belt off China’s Zulpikaer Maimaitiali — his first undefeated opponent Exactly who should have won the fight remains a debate for another day But each punch that sent the Indian reeling shook the country’s nascent pro-boxing ambitions Vijender went the distance and walked away with the two belts That British boxer Amir Khan believes he “hasn’t won half a major title” is a different matter altogether After eight drab fights the novelty was long gone for the casual viewer; to the point that a glimpse of Baba Ramdev elicited more cheers than the in-ring action during Vijender’s two fights in Delhi In that regard the contentious ninth should at least fuel conversations That it was postponed and took eight months to materialise though is worrying Meanwhile Vijender cut ties with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions after the UK-based company shied away from putting together an overseas fight for the boxer Which leads us to the all-important question: if India’s biggest and most marketable star can’t sustain interest in pro boxing what chance do the many hopefuls have Despite that many an aspiring pugilist would have keenly followed every jab and hook Vijender threw on Saturday hoping to follow in the trendsetter’s footsteps Before any of them is able to set foot inside a ring though he or she will have to navigate a maze AIBA APB WSB WBA WBO WBC IBF BFI IABF IBC SBL PBOI IPBA NIBA In addition to an overwhelming myriad of acronyms pro boxing in India suffers from backroom politics and lack of larger-than-life prizefighters The first call that all boxers have to take is to move away from the system that gives them medals cash incentives and job security The national body for one believes most still choose to stay on the well-trodden path of amateur boxing “Firstly it is a matter of pride to represent your nation in international competition to end up on the podium” says Jay Kowli general secretary of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) “It has been applicable in the cases of Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson Then there’s cash prizes to be won at international events and the kind of support that the government provides to amateur boxers it is a great way of building a career as well” However with the world body International Boxing Association (AIBA) also giving a thrust to professional boxing in the form of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) which facilitates pro boxers to compete at the Olympics BFI can’t be dismissive of the alternate stream Kowli however believes “Pro-boxing is never about producing boxers They are not interested in promoting boxing training people They pick up boxers when they do well because they are just interested in big names and putting on their big shows As far as the scene in India is concerned everybody is free to assess Brigadier (PK Muralidharan) Raja has his own boxing set-up But what happened” What happened was Raja — a boxing administrator who has been associated with the sport for upwards of three decades — launched his own pro boxing body Indian Boxing Council (IBC) in 2015 organised a few ‘fight nights’ and soon had to put them on hold indefinitely “It has not been a very happy journey so far” Raja sums it up “The plan was to organise around 30-40 fights nights I was trying to put around 3-4 in a month But I couldn’t do it all out of my retirement funds” Raja says he had plans to promote pro boxing before there was a bandwagon to jump on While the idea first struck him in 2010 — when Vijender was still busy preparing for the London Olympics — Raja put in the homework during the last three years “I went all around the world to study this I met promoters bought books studied the formats” says Raja former secretary general of the now-defunct national federation IABF “The gameplan was simple We needed to build the fighters Give them fights build their record Once the good ones get filtered we would get them national titles then Asian World So I put in whatever money I had thinking once it picks up people will come in The people who did come in didn’t have money themselves” While he is not out of the game yet — “IBC is willing to conduct technical operations” — putting together any more fight nights without a promoter is out of the question “We want it to happen But I’ve spent close to Rs1 crore myself My team can still help with the referees judges doctors and setting up the fights If anybody wants to come on board as a promoter the profit is theirs to keep” Many bodies many minds Jay Kowli clarifies that “I’m not happy when anything goes wrong because it is my sport” While he wouldn’t comment on the ongoing Super Boxing League (SBL) other than wishing them luck Kowli believes plans eventually go sour without proper streamlining “Because I’m coming from an organised system I would like these set-ups to be accountable and answerable for everything Otherwise I feel it is very risky for boxing” As of now there are multiple organisations and little streamlining SBL — the second venture of promoter Bill Dosanjh after the MMA promotion Super Fight League — kicked off in July without much fanfare or the backing of the powers that be Not that it bothers Dosanjh “At the end of the day it’s best that it’s done by people who understand the sport” Dosanjh told The Indian Express “Me and Amir Khan understand the sport better than any federation set up in India (BFI President) Ajay Singh is a chairman of SpiceJet running a very successful business but he doesn’t understand the sport He has a special job at hand to build the fighters for the Olympics We are here to help them turn pro with this exciting format” The format however reminds one of the old adage: if it ain’t broke don’t fix it What essentially is a sport of two people punching each other in the face has been twisted into a team competition with six fighters per side fighting four 3-minute rounds and different number of points awarded to different finishes Raja explains: “League concept is not for boxing It has been tried before by Don King in the 70s The people trying to do it are thinking they’ll cash in on the mushrooming of leagues and sell franchises At the end of the day everybody will be taken for a ride How are the franchises going to recover the money” “Bill has the money But I don’t think these guys are here to develop things They are not from India Outsiders coming to India thinking they will get something with these one-off events is not what professional boxing needs All of these small groups need to get together and make one consolidated effort Currently everything is fragmented” Too many cooks spoil the pie more so when each is in a hurry for a slice India has a number of underground pro boxing bodies affiliated to organisations such as World Boxing Council (WBC) World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) In addition to Raja’s IBC there is the Professional Boxing Organisation of India (PBOI) which is overseeing the SBL That the body’s general secretary Kunal Goyat’s brother Neeraj took part in the league without an NOC from his employer Railways adds to the convoluted mess Then there’s Jai Shekhawat of Royal Sports Promotions and North India Boxing Association (NIBA) who alleges that the PBOI has breached an exclusivity deal by signing up with SBL leaving his pro boxing league stuck in the pipeline There’s also the Indian Pro Boxing Association (IPBA) the president of which Shahe Ali promises yet another league later this year albeit one “on par with the IPL to sell out the JLN and Indira Gandhi stadiums” They sure have their task cut out seeing how the Facebook page is still inviting donations The group claims that it has also successfully invited Evander Holyfield to India to promote their league on Twitter but have nothing more than the heavyweight legend’s retweets to cite Shekhawat Ali and the elder Goyat were responsible for one of India’s earliest forays into professional boxing — a fight night in a Delhi mall two years back which launched Neeraj’s pro career However the infighting and the branching out stunted the growth of the sport So what’s the solution “I would prefer a professional body set up under the federation” says Kowli “When the national federation runs pro boxing the boxers will have more reason to be secure and in safe hands The BFI is already working on a professional boxing programme of our own to streamline everything It’s in the final stages” Exactly what BFI plans to do with professional boxing remains a mystery Meanwhile some boxers who won laurels as amateurs be it a national championship (Kuldeep Singh) or a Commonwealth Games bronze medal (Amandeep Singh) have taken the plunge and turned pro without waiting for BFI to clarify its intentions Like the younger Goyat Kuldeep and Amandeep also ran into trouble with the Railways for taking part in the SBL CHARACTER-BUILDING Another odd stacked against pro boxing in India is that it is trying to take off when the sport has cooled off globally The trash-talking draws of yesteryear are now few and far between The ones who do crop up are plucked by MMA promotions Closer home Vijender remains the only semblance of a draw Neerav Tomar — head of IOS Boxing Promotions that has organised Vijender’s three home fights — admits that they need to look beyond the sole flag-bearer “Everything is on Vijender’s shoulders Right now it is just his stardom and success that we are capitalising on At least till the time we find a new star” says Tomar adding that the 31-year-old is “still five or six fights away from a world title” Former light-welterweight world champion and Athens silver-medallist Amir Khan offers a more candid assessment “Vijender has not made a big noise” the 30-year-old told The Indian Express “He hasn’t won a major title or even half a major title which will make people regard him as a good fighter” The PR-driven sanitised machine around Vijender hasn’t helped him develop an outlandish persona either and the boxer himself has gone on record saying that “my conscience doesn’t allow me to talk trash” An exciting breakout is the need of the hour and Brigadier Raja believes it could be a woman citing 2014 CWG bronze medallist Sarita Devi as an example Earlier this year in front of a raucous crowd in her hometown Imphal Sarita pummeled Hungarian Zsofia Bedo in her pro debut only to return to the amateur fold soon after “I’m telling you what we saw that night she could be a world champion in 6-12 months Same for Pinki Jangra Unfortunately I brought them here but couldn’t get further fights So I talked to Mr Ajay Singh and told him that these girls are still the best in the country I told him that let them be in the fray for the upcoming Asian Games and Commonwealth Games And once they’re done with your permission they can return to pro boxing” Both Sarita and Pinki had to submit letters of apology to the federation but Raja believes it was for the better “I would also give priority to amateur boxing Asian Games Olympics is something special” Neeraj Goyat however wants to make his mark as a professional boxer He came close too The 25-year-old took part in AIBA’s Olympic qualifiers in Venezuela last year but fell one win short of booking a Rio berth “Amateur is important as you have to go to the nursery class to get to a college” says Goyat who defended his WBC-ABC welterweight title on Saturday “But nobody remembers amateur boxers Mike Tyson is famous because he was professional Muhammad Ali wasn’t popular because of his Olympic medal Boxing ka naam professionals ki wajah se hi chalta hai” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: February 10 2017 1:13 am Top News Even as the Pune division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted 326 raids and seized gutkha worth Rs 473 crore between April 2016 and January this year its officials have been unable to lodge FIRs against the suspects In March last year the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court had said that raids and actions initiated by police against persons possessing and storing gutkha were illegal So the FDA officials have no other option but to stop lodging FIRs Watch What Else is Making News The FDA has challenged the order in the Supreme Court state FDA Commissioner Harshdeep Kamble told The Indian Express “The Food Safety and Security Act has several clauses under which the offender can be taken to court However the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC order has termed the action taken by police against people possessing and storing gutkha as illegal” said Kamble He said FDA officials were authorised to file court cases against the offenders but there was a need to take police action “Gutkha worth Rs 17 crore has been seized from across the state in the last six months We need to involve police to take action under the IPC… the government has challenged the order in the SC” said Kamble According to S S Desai joint commissioner (food) Pune division the largest amount of gutkha had been seized from Solapur and Pune Gutkha worth Rs 237 crore was seized from Solapur followed by the seizure of gutkha worth Rs 19 crore from Pune FDA officials across various divisions admitted that though raids were being conducted lack of police action against offenders under IPC was a serious concern “`Most of the times the offenders remain absconding despite a court case registered against them” said one of them The shortage of manpower in the FDA is also likely to affect its stern drive against the sale of illegal gutkha said officials However activists fighting against the growing menace of cancer have questioned the lack of police action in nabbing illegal gutkha sellers Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi head and neck cancer surgeon at Tata Memorial hospital and a part of Maharashtra Cancer Warriors said it was unfortunate that the police action has been termed illegal “There are so many illegal gutkha sellers Police enforcement under IPC sections can in fact help the FDA strengthen its anti-tobacco and anti-gutkha drive” said Chaturvedi For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 10 2017 4:29 pm Irfan Pathan last played for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017 (Source: Express Archive) Related News Indian cricketers have not restricted their talent only to the sport and that they have shown on multiple occasions – be it singing or dancing Indian captain Virat Kohli has also been heard singing on TV or seen dancing at his friends’ weddings while wicket keeper-batsman MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have sung multiple times The new 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