New Delhi, Aug 22: The flood situation in some parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh continues to be grim today with the rivers Ghagra and Rapti flowing in High Flood Situation. The Ministry of Water Resources said the river Ghagra
Cast: Loha Singh, Ritu Maheshwari
Director: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa
What's it about
Katiya is the nickname of a rouge wire that is used to freeload electricity off someone else. 'Katiyabaaz' is the chap who makes his living by smuggling power off a transformer for those in need. Set in the power deficit Kanpur, this docu-drama is a stark eye opener for those cut off from the grim realities that people in some parts of the country have to endure. With no actors, props or any set, the film chronicles the battle between the bureaucracy represented by local electricity board officer Ritu Maheshwari and Loha Singh the 'Katiyabaaz' who's the Robinhood Pandey of the electricity hungry folk.
The makers have achieved an incredible feat of getting permission to follow an IAS officer and get access to politicians and local goons who are caught up in this mess. Shot in a guerilla style the film grips you from the beginning largely due to the colorful Loha Singh who will entertain you with his one liners and metaphors on everyday life in Kanpur. Ritu Maheshwari represents the other side of the debate. A calm, composed, dignified public servant who tries to make sense of the situation she's caught in. We also get a glimpse of how the politicians from different parties have been winning the elections making false promises of providing power and electricity to the common people.
The film does go off track towards the end where the focus seems to be more on Loha Singh and his antics than the issue at hand. The pace slackens and so does the grip of the narrative.
What to do
A bold and honest attempt to expose the dire state of the people of Kanpur, Katiyabaaz will make you count your blessings for having access to the luxuries of having something as basic as electricity.
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Cast: Saahil Prem, Amrit Maghera, Akhilesh Unnithan, Abhishek Saha, Salah Benlemqawanssa
Director: Saahil Prem
What's it about:
Saahil Prem plays the lead role in this dance based film of an aspiring dancer who wants to represent India in a world dance championship. Of course the task isn't that simple. He needs to get approval for a loan from a bank where we get to watch the entire film as a flashback about his backstory and the struggles he's been through. Set in Sheffield, England the film meanders through the plot early on not quite getting to the dance bits. When it does start it isn't quite what you anticipated. There's also a love interest, racism and friendship angle thrown in the script to keep things moving.
What's hot :
There's this dancer Salah Benlemqawanssa who's to watch out for. He comes in the film towards the second half and climax and is definitely one of the major highlights about M.A.D. Besides him there isn't anyone in particular that will impress as far as dance is concerned. The music is alright with a few catchy tunes that might want you to google up later.
If it's a dance film then the dance really needs to be up to the mark. Apart from the final face off in the climax there isn't any act that really stands out. In a time where 'Step Up' and other dance films or shows like 'So You Think You Can Dance' have taken the quality of choreography to another level, this film seems like an amateur attempt in its genre. Saahil seems earnest in most parts but his dancing doesn't really impress us. Especially when he's standing with the ensemble and they all are doing the same moves. The racism bit seems a bit forced and brought in only to make the story more interesting.
What to do:
Watch it if you are curious to see another dance film, otherwise you are better off revisiting the 'Step Up' movies.
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Instant messaging mobile app WhatsApp now has over 60 million users in India. From 50 million users in May this year, WhatsApp has added 10 million new users in less than three months.
In an exclusive interview to BGR, Vice President of WhatsApp Neeraj Arora said, India is one of the fastest growing markets.
Earlier this year, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp Jan Kuom had announced plans to introduce voice calls in the app by the second quarter of the year. Arora told BGR that the project had been delayed but that the company is still working on it.
WhatsApp and other mobile messaging services like WeChat and Viber have been eating into the revenues of Indian mobile networks for whom voice calls and text messages bring in 75% of their revenues. The apps have made it cheaper for users to make calls and send messages using the internet, where their services are free and the user need only pay for the data charges incurred.
Telecom firms like Airtel have been demanding that such apps be regulated and brought under jurisdiction like they are. “I think we need a framework by which these companies are subjected to similar jurisdiction… because that will benefit everybody concerned,” Bharti Airtel Joint MD and CEO (India operations) Gopal Vittal told PTI.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is in the process of planning a regulatory framework for these companies. Hopefully we will come out with paper on broadband may be by end of next month,” TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar said at a telecom summit organised by industry chamber ASSOCHAM.
With inputs from PTI.
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Tech giant Microsoft is planning to release its latest addition to the Windows series, Windows 9, next month.
According to The Verge, the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed Threshold. However, the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers next month.
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The early technology preview will give developers a chance to get their hands on the new mini Start Menu in Windows 9, alongside the removal of the Charms bar feature and several UI changes.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had stated that Windows 9 will be an all-around OS compatible with personal computers, tablets, smartphones and video-game consoles
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Tor Pekai Yousafzai, the mother of girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai, has started to read and write, and speaks a bit of English.
According to the New York Times, Malala Yousafzai said that her mother goes to school since she wanted to learn and receive education.
The 17 year old Pakistani campaigner's father thought Pekai Yousafzai remained illiterate even after her daughter became a crusader for girls' education.
Pekai Yousafzai is now learning English and becoming independent as she goes to shops and markets on her own, said Malala.
She also said that her father was now helping in house hold chores and how this reveals to the world that women and men should not be restricted to conventional gender roles.
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An Air India flight from Delhi to Ahmedabad carrying 104 passengers made an emergency landing in Jaipur after a problem in one of its engines.
The Airbus 321, which left Delhi at 6 AM, landed safely at 7:25 AM here, Sanganer Airport Director S N Borkar said. He said the pilot informed the Jaipur ATC about some technical problem in the aircraft following which it was diverted and allowed to land here.
Station Manager of Air India Anil said, There was some problem in one of the engines of the plane. The passengers have been taken to Ahmedabad by another aircraft.
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The anti-government protests in Pakistan entered the ninth day today amidst serious differences between the negotiators and the protest leaders, who are demanding nothing less than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifs resignation as a pre-condition for talks.Sharif yesterday said neither he would launch a crackdown on the mass protests nor he will quit while protest leaders - Imran Khan and Canada-based cleric Tahir-ul Qadri - have vowed to remain in the capital until the prime minister resigns.The protests were launched last Thursday from Lahore and later marched to Islamabad where protesters entered into high security Red Zone that houses important government buildings including the Parliament House, Prime Minister House, President House, the Supreme Court besides embassies.Since then thousands of supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf chairman Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Qadri have been demonstrating outside the parliament building here.In his overnight speech, Khan asked people to come in big numbers today and promised a change of government by the weekend.Qadri also said the end of government was not far away. The protests at night have become quite a spectacle due to live music and the dances.Khans camp was entertained by rock star Salman Ahmad while Qadri arranged a live Qawali show for his audience. A large number of people enjoyed the live performance till late night.Between the songs and music, the leaders continued to address the people, exhorting them to stay put till Sharif is removed.Meanwhile, the government has expressed willingness to talk to the protest leaders but so far there is no positive response. We are ready to resolve their problems but for it they should talk to us, Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said.The National Assembly is meeting again today to discuss the prevailing political situation.Sharif enjoys support of 11 political parties as only Khans Pakistan Thereek-e-Insaf is against him.It is expected that Sharif will address the lawmakers today and may announce some measures to deal with the protests that have paralyzed the capital. Khan wants Sharifs ouster, while Pakistani Awami Tehreek chief Qadri wants to bring a revolution in Pakistan.
Kendrapara (Odisha), Aug 22: As many as 114 students, who had enrolled themselves in a private institute here for distance Bachelor in Education course, are now stranded in Andhra Pradesh as they were disallowed to sit for an examination following alleged
Gurgaon, Aug 22: For a state known to ban marriages within the same 'gotra' (clan), a community in Haryana's Gurgaon district has been forced to abandon a 600-year-old tradition of brotherhood within the community and allow such marriages.The tradition has taken
Ahead of the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls, the Centre has pushed another big ticket infra project for the state with Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu saying that the groundbreaking ceremony of the city's Colaba-Seepz Metro project will be held soon.
We will soon hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the Colaba-Seepz Metro project, said the Urban Development Minister, who was here last night to review the city's first Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro project.
The Rs 23,000-crore project had an in-principle nod from the previous UPA government but could not move forward.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the JNPT SEZ project last week and Nagpur Metro project yesterday. He had also dedicated two power projects to the nation last week.
The Modi Government wants to connect the entire city with Metro networks to ensure decongestion and to make it pollution-free, Naidu said.
We want Mumbai to be well connected through a large Metro network to reduce congestion as well as pollution. The Colaba-Seepz Metro project has already been approved and the work will also begin soon, he said adding, the government also has another Metro for the city on its agenda. Taking a dig at state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who skipped the groundbreaking ceremony of Nagpur Metro yesterday, Naidu said, The state and Centre should work hand-in-hand to achieve the common goal of development. On the Colaba-Seepz Metro line, he said it should be an equal joint venture between the state and the Centre.
He also called for forming a special purpose vehicle to execute the project.
This will be an ideal situation and we will provide all the necessary assistance to the state, he said.
The Centre is also planning to strengthen connectivity between railway and Metro stations, the Union Minister said.
We want to improve the connectivity between the railway and Metro stations. We will soon discuss about this with the rail ministry, Naidu said.
It may be recalled that Maharashtra had put the second Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd elevated metro project on the back burner as there was a dispute over the right of way for the depot land.
The government has appointed the state-run RITES to prepare a revised proposal for the Colaba corridor.
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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 22: Kerala's new liquor policy would be submitted to the high court on Aug 26, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Friday.Today (Friday) morning we have finalised the details of the liquor policy that was recommended last evening by the