‘Alluri’ first-look poster shows Sree Vishnu as a dynamic cop

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Sree Vishnu, who is renowned for choosing original scripts, is now ready to dazzle audiences with his next movie titled ‘Alluri’. The first look poster for the movie was released on Friday by the makers.

“Another name for honesty- Alluri”, the makers wrote, as they shared an interesting poster from the Sree Vishnu- starrer.

In the poster, Sree Vishnu appears to be a dynamic police officer, with a well-built body and stunning looks. With the first look poster, the actor leaves a lasting impression, as his makeover for the role is obvious.

It is also reported that ‘Alluri’ is nearing its completion, except for a song. The movie will soon be wrapped up, gearing up to enter the post-production phase.

According to writer and director Pradeep Varma, he wanted to use this movie to depict the brilliance of police officers.

The movie, which is produced by Bekkem Venugopal, features music by Harshavardhan Rameshwar. The female lead is played by Kayadu Lohar.

Key roles will be played by Suman, Tanikella Bharani, Madhusudhan Rao, Raja Ravindra, Pramodini, Prudhvi Raj, and others.

PM to reach Hyderabad on Saturday for BJP meet

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving in Hyderabad on Saturday to attend the two-day meeting of the BJP’s national executive.

Modi, who will be reaching Hyderabad on Saturday afternoon, is likely to stay at the Novotel hotel at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), the venue of the BJP conclave.

According to the schedule, the Prime Minister will reach Begumpet Airport in the city at 2.55 p.m. He will then leave for HICC by helicopter and check-in at Novotel. He will attend the BJP executive meeting from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Modi will address the meeting to be attended by 360 national executive members, including central ministers, chief ministers of various states, and other key leaders.

The next day, he will attend the national executive meeting from 10 a.m. He will be present during the deliberations on key resolutions including the resolutions on political issues.

He will also give a direction to the national executive on further strengthening the party and preparing it for Assembly elections in various states later this year and next year and also for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Modi will attend the executive till it concludes at 5 p.m. He, along with other leaders, will then reach Parade Ground in Secunderabad to address the public meeting organized by BJP’s Telangana unit.

After the public meeting, the Prime Minister will return to the hotel and on the morning of July 4 will leave for Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh.

This will be Modi’s third visit to Hyderabad in five months. His previous visit to the city was on May 26 to participate in the annual day celebrations of the Indian School of Business (ISB). During his brief visit, he also addressed BJP workers at Begumpet Airport.

Modi had earlier visited the city on February 5 to unveil a 216-feet tall statue of equality commemorating the 11th-century Saint Ramanujacharya and to attend the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) at Patancheru near here.

During his visit beginning Saturday, the Prime Minister is likely to stay at Novotel, the five-star hotel abutting HICC near Hitec City, the information technology district. The stay was earlier planned at Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the governor. However, the state police reportedly raised concern over the proposal.

As Raj Bhavan is located in the heart of the city and surrounded by busy roads, the police had recommended the Special Protection Group (SPG) make arrangements for his stay at Novotel. The police raised the concern over the choice of Raj Bhavan in view of the recent protest there by the Congress party over Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons to its leader Rahul Gandhi and the June 17 violence during the anti-Agnipath protest at Secunderabad railway station.

It was pointed out that PM’s stay at Novotel will also avoid PM’s travel by road from Raj Bhavan to the national executive meet venue for two days. Travel by road would require traffic restrictions along the busy route.

 

Don’t think being an Olympic champion will put pressure on me at Worlds: Neeraj Chopra

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Ace India javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra feels the pressure of being the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games gold medallist is unlikely to affect his performance at the World Championships in Oregon, the USA from July 15.

Continuing his superb form, Chopra broke the national record again with a throw of 89.94m to finish second in the Stockholm Diamond League 2022 in Sweden on Thursday. The Indian javelin ace fell just six centimeters short of the elusive 90m mark but he bettered his personal best of 89.30m, set earlier this month at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.

World champion Anderson Peters of Grenada broke the 16-year-old meet record with a huge 90.31m throw in his third attempt, which was enough to get him the top spot.

Chopra said he will play with a “free mind” and “perform to potential” in Oregon, where he could bring India only its second medal ever from the World Championships. Only former India long jumper Anju Bobby George has won a medal at the Worlds, clinching bronze in Paris in 2003.

“Well, I don’t know (whether there will be the pressure of being an Olympic medallist or not). I think I’ll come to know about it on the day of the competition in Oregon. Every competition, every day is different. When I start competing, I will know whether I am feeling the pressure of being the Olympic champion,” Chopra told JSW Sports.

“Having said that, I think nothing of that sort should happen because I play with a free mind and perform to my potential. There is no pressure whatsoever. I train well and give my 100 percent in competition,” the 24-year-old Chopra added.

Chopra also said that when Anderson Peters of Grenada breached the 90-meter mark with his giant third attempt on Thursday, he also tried to give it his best shot, but to hurl the javelin that far, everything has to be perfect.

“When Anderson Peters crossed 90m, I also felt that I have to breach that (mark). But for that to happen everything has to be perfect. The javelin has to go in a straight line and the technique to has to be perfect. When everything is perfect only then the throw goes that far.

“We put in a lot of effort in each throw, so the body also tires. Having said that, I am happy with the competition and the fact that all my throws were good. Playing in the Diamond League after a long time (2018), I gave a good performance which has prepared me for the next two completions (Worlds and Birmingham Commonwealth Games).”

Chopra is also happy with the growing popularity of athletics in India and added that it was heartening to see so many Indians turning up to see him compete in Stockholm.

“Feeling very happy and proud that people are watching athletics online in India. Many Indians had come to Stockholm to watch me. The Indian ambassador too came to meet me, so it felt really nice that athletics is getting so much popularity in the country. People are getting to know about the sport,” added Chopra.

 

Missed 90m mark, but happy I came up with my best throw ever: Neeraj Chopra

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India’s ace javelin thrower and 2020 Olympic Games gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has revealed that while he missed the 90-meter mark in the Stockholm Diamond League 2022 in Sweden on Thursday, the fact that it was his best throw ever gave him a really nice feeling.

Continuing his brilliant form, Chopra broke the national record again with a throw of 89.94 meters to finish second in Stockholm. The 24-year-old fell just six centimeters short of the elusive 90-meter mark but he bettered his personal best of 89.30m, set earlier this month at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.

World champion Anderson Peters of Grenada broke the 16-year-old meet record with a huge 90.31m throw in his third attempt, which was enough to get him the top spot.

A day after the record feat, in a conversation with JSW Sports, Chopra, who was taking part in his first Diamond League event since 2018, said, “It’s feeling very nice (to win silver). There was no such thing in my mind that I have to do it (aim for a giant throw) in my first attempt itself. I just kept my mindset positive.

“The only thing I had in my mind was to play well and put in my best effort, that’s all. The first throw was very nice, just that I missed the 90m mark. Initially, I thought I had done 90m but it was not to be. But since it’s my best throw, the feeling is really nice,” said Chopra, who will be heading to Oregon, the USA for the World Championships from July 15.

There will be expectations from Chopra to win gold at the Worlds in Oregon and earn India’s second medal ever in the prestigious event. Former India long jumper Anju Bobby George is the only athlete to win a medal at the Worlds when she clinched bronze in Paris in 2003. However, Chopra said there was no pressure on him, adding that he will put in his best effort.

“There is no such pressure that we have just one medal at the Worlds. I will put in my best effort, this is my job and this is what I am going to do. I haven’t thought anything other than that. Right now, there is no pressure whatsoever. But it all depends on what mindset I have in Oregon on the day of the competition,” he added.

 

Simbu action thriller ‘Pathu Thala’ to be released on December 14

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Director Obeli Krishna’s eagerly awaited action thriller ‘Pathu Thala’, featuring actors Silambarasan, Gautham Karthik, and Priya Bhavani Shankar in the lead, will hit screens on December 14 this year.

The makers of the film took to social media to make the announcement. Studio Green, the production house producing the film, tweeted: “The power-packed Silambarasan T R and Gautham Karthik-starrer ‘Pathu Thala’ releasing worldwide in theatres on December 14th, 2022.”

The film will also feature Kalaiyarasan and Teejay of ‘Asuran’ fame among others.

The film has triggered huge expectations as Simbu plays a don called AGR in the film. The story revolves around Simbu, who is a feared don and who has managed to establish a network that is an impregnable fortress.

The cinematography for the film is by Farook J Basha and the music is by A. R. Rahman. The film is edited by National Award-winning editor Praveen K. L.

 

Bill Gates begins to follow Mahesh Babu on social media

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has started following Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu on his official Instagram and Twitter accounts.

The development comes days after Mahesh Babu, along with his wife Namrata Shirodkar, met the well-known businessman in New York.

Mahesh Babu and Namrata had on their social media handles, posted pictures after meeting the billionaire. “Had the pleasure of meeting Mr. @BillGates! One of the greatest visionaries this world has seen and yet the most humble! Truly an inspiration” Mahesh wrote.

In response, Bill Gates quoted Mahesh Babu’s tweet on his timeline, as he wrote, “Being in New York is always fun — you never know who you’ll run into. It was great meeting you and Namrata!”

Bill Gates has recently started to follow Mahesh Babu on his official Instagram and Twitter accounts. Bill Gates only follows one Telugu star on social media, and that is Mahesh.

On the work front, the ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ actor will soon start filming ‘SSMB28′ under Trivikram Srinivas’ direction.

 

Mohan Babu to share screen space with Lakshmi Manchu in ‘Agninakshathram’

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Actor Lakshmi Manchu has announced her next project ‘Agninakshathram’ in Telugu. The actor along with the makers released a motion poster of the movie on Friday. The movie also stars her father and veteran actor Mohan Babu.

This is the first time the father-daughter duo will be sharing screen space. Lakshmi Manchu commented: “I am just way too excited to and really short on words to express what I truly feel. Sharing screen space with dad is beyond a dream come true and to top it off, to produce this gives me that much more extra joy. I just can’t wait for all of you to see the magic we’ve created.”

Mohan Babu added that “During the course of the shoot, I never saw my daughter I only saw the character. Many years ago, she appeared in a film as a child artist alongside me. We never appeared in a film together after she became a professional actor. This is my first and it is most special. Watching her on-screen, she was radiant as ever and exuded effortless charm.”

Director Prateek said: “I would not be here had it not been for Lakshmi Manchu. I consider myself extremely fortunate and privileged to make my debut under their reputed banner, Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, and Manchu Entertainment. I’m also most excited about the opportunity of bringing together the dynamic father and daughter duo for the first time ever.”

Directed by Prateek, Agninakshathram is being jointly produced by Sri Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures & Manchu Entertainment.

 

Filming for Pawan Kalyan-Sai Dharam Tej multistarrer to start on July 12

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The heroes from Tollywood’s “mega” family will appear together in Samuthirakhani’s Tamil film ‘Vinodhaya Sitham,’ which is reportedly being made in Telugu.

According to current talks, the film will feature Sai Dharam Tej and his uncle Pawan Kalyan in the lead roles and will get on the floors very soon.

The official Telugu remake of ‘Vinodhaya Sitham’ will start its regular production on July 12, as per the newest talk from the folks.

While Samuthirakani will direct the movie, ‘Ala Vaikunthapuramu Loo’ director Trivikram Srinivas will pen the screenplay and dialogues for the multi-starrer. The movie will be funded by People Media Factory, a well-known Telugu production company, with Vivek Kuchibhotla serving as producer.

Pawan Kalyan was last spotted in ‘Bheemla Nayak’, alongside Rana Daggubati. The actor is now working on a number of projects, one of which is a mythological drama titled ‘Hari Hara Veera Mallu’.

Sai Dharam Tej, on the other hand, has a couple of decent movies ahead too.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews tests Covid-positive; Fernando comes in as a replacement

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Sri Lanka star cricketer Angelo Mathews has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the third day’s play of the opening Test against Australia at the Galle International Stadium here on Friday.

The 35-year-old Mathews, who scored 39 in Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 212, has been replaced by Oshada Fernando, who has come in as an “approved like-for-like Covid replacement”.

The all-rounder reportedly informed the Sri Lanka camp about Covid-19 symptoms on Friday morning and was isolated as per protocols.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed the news on Twitter, saying, “Angelo Mathews tested positive for Covid-19. He was found to be positive during a Rapid Anti-Gen Test Conducted on the player. The test was done, as the player was feeling unwell. He has been isolated from the rest of the team members and is following covid-19 protocols.”

Oshada Fernando will likely be in the thick of the action during the early stages of day three after his teammates bowled Australia out for 321 early in the morning session on Friday.

The hosts were 109 runs behind at the end of Australia’s first innings with Asitha Fernando cleaning up the tail after Ramesh Mendis’ 112/4.

With the second Test beginning on July 8, Mathews’ future involvement in the series remains unclear.

CLOSE-IN: Indian cricket at present is in a maze

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The successful completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the selling of the media rights for it is the news that Indian cricket is celebrating. The most important aspect of any venture is the financials, and the BCCI, one feels, is comfortable with it.

The Indian domestic season ended with the completion of the Ranji Trophy. Madhya Pradesh winning it with not a single international player in its midst is a remarkable story. One has to give kudos to each of the playing members of the side, especially, in the way they showcased teamwork and togetherness.

One has to admire the coaching skills of Chandrakant Pandit, who has with this win etched himself as the best-ever cricket performance coach in India.

Indian cricket may look like it is sailing through calm waters as a cricket establishment. However, one gets the feeling that cricket on the field is in a maze. There seems to be plenty of uncertainty as regards to the players and now with the captain as well.

India will be playing an important Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham today. With a 2-1 lead in the series, India may be in the driver’s seat with nothing major to lose. However, a victory against England for all Indians is always a special occasion. Completing a pending series eight and a half months since the last Test match of that series is in itself an amusing story.

India and England in the meantime have both changed their captains and their coaches. The momentum that India had gained and established mentally as a superior unit may no longer hold. A one-Test encounter in a foreign land is never the right approach and India has suffered from this in the past.

The inaugural World Test Championship, when India played New Zealand, the latter having played a few matches before, was a prime example of a team not acclimatized for the big occasion.

The Indian Test team seems to be in the same predicament at present. They have landed after playing two months of T20 cricket into playing the truly traditional and conventional form of the game. Test cricket requires one to be patient and draws one into a mental state that is far different from the glamorous hit-or-miss variety of the T20. India is also in a flap as regards captaincy.

Jasprit Bumrah has been named captain because of the unavailability of Rohit Sharma. The ideal solution would have been to request Virat Kohli to lead. Bumrah is the leading force for India as a bowler. However, captaincy could become a burdensome issue for him. Furthermore, he has not even captained the First-class side before and, therefore, putting this additional responsibility on his shoulder would not be fair to him.

God and lady luck need to shine on India, as without KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and the lack of confidence in their batters in Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer, the blessings of the almighty are all that Indian fans must be praying for.

The England side looks confident and cocky having won the series 3-0 against New Zealand. Their new aggressive approach has been a revelation in the way in which they bat. One admires it when it all comes out right but cricket history has shown that it could come to bite you as well.

India has the bowling arsenal to demolish England’s belief.

Rahul Dravid has a major issue and that is to select the ideal and best eleven for the Test match. Apart from Virat Kohli, not a single spot in the batting order is in order. India possesses both pace and good spin-bowling options. The English weather tempts one to go in with an extra pacer but for India to leave out R. Ashwin would be a folly. However, the most concerning part would be Bumrah as a captain and as to how he marshals the side.

India, on the other hand, has its eyes focused on the T20 World Cup at the end of this year. Australia is the venue and identifying the players for it would be a challenge. The reason is that the IPL throws out players who have performed well in it and they seem to be favored in the selection of the national side as well. This has led to a huge pool of players, all showcasing similar skills amongst them. Along with the regular established players, identifying the best from the rest is going to be a difficult task.

One feels India is over-extending itself by playing two series at one time. An Indian cap has become an everyday affair. A good performance in the IPL and one is a part of one of the Indian sides, if not in the senior side, then at least in one of the limited-overs one. None of the other countries send two teams to play two different series. One wonders whether the Indian players will be fresh enough to play the T20 World Cup, given the schedule of matches that they will be playing before it.

Giving a cricketer a well-deserved break is not the answer. A team needs to have continuity and camaraderie to understand one another. This comes from playing as many matches together and spending quality time with one another, away from the ground. The Indian team needs to confine itself to a camp where strategies and plans are discussed and decided.

This is where India failed earlier and has, therefore, not won an ICC Trophy since 2014. One hopes Dravid changes it or else we will once again ask “WHY”.

(Yajurvindra Singh is a former India cricketer)

Stockholm Diamond League: Neeraj Chopra breaks national record with a throw of 89.94m

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Continuing his brilliant form, Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra broke the national record again with a throw of 89.94m to finish second in the Stockholm Diamond League 2022 in Sweden on Thursday.

The Indian javelin ace fell just six centimeters short of the elusive 90m mark but he bettered his personal best of 89.30m, set earlier this month at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.

World champion Anderson Peters of Grenada broke the 16-year-old meet record with a huge 90.31m throw in his third attempt, which was enough to get him the top spot. World No 4 Julian Weber of Germany finished third with an effort of 89.08m. Jakub Vadlejch, the 2016 Diamond League champion, was fourth after Julian pipped him with his penultimate throw.

After the record-breaking first throw, Chopra logged 84.37m, 87.46m, 84.77m and 86.67m in his subsequent attempts and was one of the top three athletes who made it to the sixth attempt. However, the 24-year-old Indian could only come up with 86.84m in his final throw and finished behind Anderson Peters.

“Today, I feel good and after the first throw, I thought I could throw even over the 90m today. But it is OK as I have more competitions coming this year. I am close to 90m now and I can throw it this year,” said Chopra.

“Despite the fact that I did not win tonight, I feel very good because I did my best,” he added.

This was Chopra’s eighth appearance in the Diamond League and his first top-three finish at the meet. He earned seven points for the second-place finish in Stockholm and moved to fourth in the qualification standings of the Diamond League. The top six athletes at the end of all qualification meetings will compete at the Diamond League Final in Zurich this September.

Earlier this month, Chopra had made an impressive return to competition after Tokyo 2020, breaking the national record with an 89.30m throw to clinch the silver at Paavo Nurmi Games before claiming gold at the Kuortane Games with an 86.69m throw.

The Stockholm Diamond League was his last event before the World Athletics Championships and the Commonwealth Games in July.

 

Instagram confirms it is working to turn video posts into Reels

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Meta-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has confirmed that it is testing a change that turns video posts into Reels.

According to TechCrunch, the company said the change, which is currently being tested with select users around the world, is part of Instagram’s plan to simplify video on the app.

“We are testing this feature as part of our efforts to simplify and improve the video experience on Instagram,” a spokesperson from Meta was quoted as saying in an email.

A screenshot posted on Twitter by social media consultant Matt Navarra showed that people who are part of the test will see an in-app message that says “video posts are now shared as Reels”.

The message indicates that if your account is public and you post a video that ends up being turned into a Reel, anyone can discover your Reel and use your original audio to create their Reel, the report said.

If your account is set to private, your Reel will only be visible to your followers, it added.

The message also noted that once you post a Reel, anyone can create a remix with your Reel if your account is public. However, you can prevent people from remixing your Reels in your account settings.

 

Elon Musk is on his longest-ever Twitter break amid challenges

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It has been nine days since Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took digital detox from Twitter — the longest stretch without posting anything in nearly five years — leaving his more than 100 million followers and the media speculating a lot.

His silence comes in the middle of the controversial $44 billion deal to buy Twitter that he has put on hold till CEO Parag Agrawal informs him of the exact number of bots and spam accounts on the platform.

Musk, a serial Tweeter, last posted on June 22 on the battle between SpaceX and the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over broadband usage.

“Their attempt to bait and switch satellite spectrum for cellular spectrum is super shady and unethical.If they are successful, it would hurt the least served and completely unserved of the world. Very messed up,” he had tweeted before going into a hiatus.

He has taken, at most, a four-day break from Twitter but this time, the nine-day long break has created utter suspense in the minds of millions.

Last year, he tweeted, “Off Twitter for a while.” He resumed tweeting a day later.

So notable is Elon Musk’s presence that his tweeting habits have become a staple of Tesla and SpaceX news, reports Teslarati.

“Musk tends to post updates and insights about his company s products and projects on Twitter, and many of them are newsworthy. Musk’s off-the-cuff comments and rants are also baited for controversial news articles,” the report mentioned.

His silence comes at a time when Tesla ended the second quarter after several challenging days in China amid Covid-lockdowns, and SpaceX is currently busy with its ambitious Starship program.

Musk, touted to be the most successful tech entrepreneur and investor in the world, turned 51 last week and his fans and followers poured birthday wishes for him on the microblogging site.

 

India reports 17,070 new Covid cases, 23 deaths

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India reported 17,070 Covid cases in a span of 24 hours, a marginal decline from the previous day’s count of 18,819, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs.

In the same period, the country reported 23 more Covid deaths, taking the nationwide toll to 5,25,139.

The active caseload has also surged to 1,07,189 cases, accounting for 0.25 percent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 14,413 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,28,36,906. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.55 percent.

Meanwhile, India’s daily positivity rate has also marginally declined to 3.40 percent, while the weekly positivity rate currently stands at 3.59 percent.

Also in the same period, a total of 5,02,150 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 86.28 crores.

As of Friday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 197.74 crores, achieved via 2,57,61,312 sessions.

Over 3.67 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of the vaccination drive for this age bracket.

 

UP: Woman, lover held for the double murder of kin

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The police have arrested a woman and her lover for allegedly killing her aunt and cousin as she was unable to repay a loan of Rs 4 lakh taken from them, officials said on Friday.

The bodies of 40-year-old Mala and her 18-year-old son Vinay were found floating in the Gangnahar canal around three months ago.

The two were killed by drowning by the accused — Neha and Yogesh — and their two accomplices, who are missing.

Superintendent of Police (city) Martand Prakash Singh said, “We have arrested Neha and her lover Yogesh in connection with the murder of her maternal aunt Mala and her son Vinay.”

Mala, who was a widow, lived with her mother and son. Neha had taken the loan almost a year ago.

“Neha and Yogesh were not in a position to return the loan. So, they conspired to kill Mala and her son,” the officer said.

On March 25, the accused took Mala and Vinay to a hotel on the pretext of returning the loan. However, the woman and her son were pushed into the canal one by one leading to their deaths due to underwater asphyxiation.

While the mother was killed in the Raya area, her son was thrown in the canal near the Mant area, around 12 km away.

“Neha and Yogesh took the help of one Imran and Rakesh in the murder. Our teams are trying to arrest them,” said the officer.

 

Mild tremors felt in K’taka districts

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Mild tremors were felt in the Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka on Friday morning.

Local people of Chembu, Peraje, Karike of Kodagu and Sullia, Sampaje, and Kallugundi villages of Dakshina Kannada districts felt the tremors which lasted 4 to 5 seconds at 1.12 a.m. Panicked people rushed out of their houses.

This was the fifth time the people of Kodagu-Dakshina Kannada district border hilly areas experienced tremors this week. The people are worried as earth tremors in 2018 were followed by natural disasters in the forms of floods and landslides in the region.

The Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has confirmed the earth tremors which took place three days ago as an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter scale.

Earlier, earth tremors were felt at multiple locations in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada districts on June 28 triggering panic among people of both the districts.

District authorities and Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) are looking into the issue.

 

5 minors assault boy in K’taka village, circulate video

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A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) has been registered against five minors in connection with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy, police said on Friday.

The case was registered in Doddakavalande police station in Nanjangud taluk of Mysuru district. According to police, the accused minors made a video of the ghastly assault and made it viral.

Two of the accused minors are studying in First PUC, the other two are in Class 10 and the fifth accused is in Class 9.

The accused took the boy studying in Class 3 to an isolated place in the village on the pretext of playing and then sexually assaulted him. While two of the accused assaulted the boy, the other three recorded the act on their mobiles and then circulated it in their WhatsApp groups.

After the video went viral, the police rounded up the boys and during the probe, they confessed to the crime.

The police registered the case under the POCSO Act and sent the minors to the observation home in Mysuru.

 

Minor girl’s nose chopped off for resisting rape

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In a shocking incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat district, a minor girl’s nose was chopped off by miscreants who had barged into her house and were trying to pull her away with them.

The incident took place on Thursday evening and the girl was attacked with a sharp weapon when she tried to raise an alarm.

The miscreants had been stalking the girl for several days.

The girl, profusely bleeding, was first taken to the district hospital and was then referred to the Hallet hospital in Kanpur for treatment.

According to doctors, her condition is said to be critical due to excessive loss of blood.

The girl’s father told reporters that when he informed the police about the incident, they advised him to get her treated first.

He said that he feared for his daughter’s life since the accused were roaming free.

‘Money Heist: Korea’ climbs to the top of Netflix’s global non-English chart

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The South Korean counterpart of the hugely popular Netflix series ‘La Casa de Papel’ – ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area’ has raced to the top of the streamer’s Global Non-English top ten chart over the last week, reports ‘Variety’.

As per ‘Variety’, the series dropped on OTT on June 24, meaning that it only had three days to claim its spot in the chart that covers the period June 20-26. During that time, it was played for 33.7 million hours. The series was also the number one show in South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.

‘Variety’ further states that it joins other Korean shows which have scored well globally for Netflix. In the first half of 2022, shows including ‘All Of Us Are Dead’, ‘Juvenile Justice’, and ‘Business Proposal’ have all reached #1 with global audiences, the company reports. Last year, Netflix and ‘Squid Game’ helped Korean content reach a new level of global audience consciousness.

A major international hit in its own right, the original “Casa de Papel” featured a group of thieves from diverse backgrounds who break into the Spanish banknote printing facility under the offsite guidance of a mysterious colleague.

The Korean version was intended to inject a layer of Korean cool and visual style to proceedings. It follows eight thieves as they stage a spectacular heist at a mint, this time situated in the newly unified zone between North and South Korea.