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Comic timing comes naturally to me: Sharman Joshi




Bollywood actor Sharman Joshi, who has shown his comic side in several movie like “3 idiots” and “Golmaal series”, said comic timing comes automatically to him.

“Comic timing is something which comes pretty naturally to me. Maybe because I have done it in a number of movies and also, I love it. It’s worth bringing a smile on people’s face,” the actor said in a statement.

Comedy is not just his forte for choosing the film.

“‘Hate Story 3′ (an erotic thriller film) was something I just decided to do and try out something new. I am glad that it worked as actors’ versatility is important and that’s exactly what I constantly work on.”

“I am glad that I have gathered so much love through my work. I feel overwhelmed by the response I have received from people. My upcoming projects include ‘Tom Dick And Harry 2’ and ‘Wajah Tum Ho’. I am currently busy with my play ‘Main Aur Tum’ and one more movie for which I will begin shooting soon,” he shared.

Sharman will be soon in  the country’s first war-comedy ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’ and had no problem essaying it.

“I always wanted to a role where I could wear a uniform and I got that chance in the film, that too of an army man,” Sharman said.



Phase-II of Coastal Surveillance Network to be completed on time: Sitharaman



Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while giving joint statement during US def. secretary James Mattis's visit to India(photo credit ANI )

New Delhi, Sep 24 : The second phase of the Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) – that was conceived to ensure attacks like Mumbai 26/11 does not happen in future – would be completed in a time-bound manner, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.

The first phase of the CSN, which provides near real-time surveillance around areas of high sensitivity along the coast line, has already been completed.

Inaugurating the 37th Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference here, Sitharaman appreciated the consistent efforts of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in filling up the gaps in surveillance through CSN Phase-I, and assured “staunch commitment” of the Defence Ministry for the completion of Phase-II in a “time bound manner”.

She called upon the ICG’s top commanders to discuss ways and means to engage fishing communities to adopt technology driven instruments for further enhancing safety and security at sea.

The Defence Minister said the Indian Coast Guard regularly garners appreciation at international fora for its capabilities and relentless surveillance of India’s vast maritime zones.

The ICG’s capabilities are unmatched in the Indo-Pacific region, she said.

She also appreciated the role played by the ICG in saving the lives in times of adversity such as in the aftermath of cyclone Ockhi and during the recent Kerala floods.

Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh said the force remains ever-diligent in performing its duties of saving lives and property in distress at sea, protecting the marine environment and protecting India’s maritime security interests.

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Mattis arrives in Afghanistan for Taliban deal



Washington, Sep 7 : US Secretary of Defence James Mattis arrived here on Friday on a surprise visit to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at a time when Washington is trying to make headway in Kabul after 17 years of war.

Mattis’ visit, in the middle of his tour of the region, comes unexpectedly as is usual owing to security concerns, and no details about his activities or the duration of his stay in the Afghan capital have been revealed, reports Efe news.

“US Defence Secretary Mattis and General (Joseph) Dunford the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Kabul. And will be having meeting with President (Ashraf) Ghani. Details will be shared later,” Afghan presidential spokesperson Haroon Chakhansuri tweeted.

The information office of the US and UN mission in Afghanistan confirmed Mattis’ arrival but did not disclose any details about his agenda.

The arrival of Mattis coincides with the recent takeover by Austin Miller from John Nicholson as NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and US Forces Afghanistan.

Mattis, who came to the Afghan capital on Friday morning from New Delhi, had, along with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, discussed with their Indian counterparts, Nirmala Sitharaman and Sushma Swaraj respectively, the importance of both India and the US in Afghanistan.

New Delhi and Washington reiterated their support for an Afghan-led peace process in a joint statement on Thursday, in which the latter acknowledged the former’s longstanding and ongoing contribution to Afghanistan as well as India’s role in its neighbour’s development and stability.

The same subject was addressed by Pompeo and Mattis during their stopover in Pakistan, where the Secretary of State stressed the need for Pakistan “to seriously engage to help us get to the reconciliation we need in Afghanistan”.(IANS)

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Shelter home rapes: Opposition demands another Bihar minister’s resignation



Tejashwi Yadav

Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) Opposition RJD and Congress on Saturday demanded resignation of another Bihar minister over his alleged involvement in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases.

Without naming the minister, leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday demanded Chief Minister Nitsh Kumar sack the minister, a BJP MLA from Muzaffarpur. Yadav held out threat that he would “expose” the minister’s involvement in the case.

Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verna recently resigned following outrage across the country and protests by Opposition in the state over the rape of young girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur. The Opposition has now trained guns on state Urban Development Minister Suresh Sharma, a BJP MLA from Muzaffarpur.

“If Nitish Kumar and (Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader) Sushil Modi do not sack him, we will be forced to expose and reveal his involvement like what we did in the case of Verma,” Tejashwi told media.

The RJD leader alleged the minister had close links with jailed main accused Brajesh Thakur.

Congress spokesperson Premchand Mishra said Sharma should resign on his own or Nitish Kumar should force him to quit. “We will intensify our protest for his resignation,” said Mishra.

However, ruling JD-U spokesperson Ajai Alok rejected the resignation demand, saying that the CBI is probing the case. “There is no need for the minister’s resignation. If he is found guilty in the CBI probe, he would be sent to jail,” said Alok.

The BJP is yet to react to the allegations against Sharma.

Manju Verna had resigned on August 8 after media reports of call details revealed that her husband had spoken to the key accused Brajesh Thakur 17 times.

Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress leaders have alleged that Verma’s husband visited the shelter home run by Thakur “regularly.”

The Muzaffarpur case came to light when the Bihar Social Welfare Department filed an FIR based on a social audit of the shelter home conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

The Patna High Court is monitoring the CBI probe into the shocking rape of 34 minor girls at the Muzaffarpur shelter home, a horror that has caused nationwide outrage.

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