Hot Off the Press

Written by Dipanita Nath
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 18, 2018 12:15:01 am

A scene from the play

With the backdrop of protests against the Mandal Commission in 1990, a clutch of journalists in Delhi get ready to report on a hanging. All of a sudden, somebody realises that the condemned man has escaped. The police and the politicians rush into damage control mode, and the reporters realise they have a scoop of a lifetime. The comic play, Front Page, is an adaptation of a classic production of Broadway. It is being presented in Hindi by Dramatech, a theatre group founded by ex-IITians in 1985. Director Sanjiv Agarwal, whose day job is also of a Director, but at a factory in Faridabad that makes cutting tools, says, “Doing this play scared me a lot because there are 22 actors, about half of them engineers, recreating a story that has been staged at many places and turned into a film.” Agarwal has directed four plays for Dramatech, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Arsenic and Old Lace. Excerpts from an interview:

Kudos and criticism

I decided on this play for two reasons. One is that a lot of journalists have come under attack and have even been killed in recent years. This play is a homage to them. Secondly, it looks at the seamy side of journalism because not all the reporters come out smelling of roses. Of course, our hero does.

Chicago to Delhi

The play was written by two reporters from Chicago, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArhur, and first produced in 1928. We have adapted it to Delhi of the 1990s and included the politics of the anti-Mandal Commission protests. Adapting the play was challenging, not the least because there is a character of a Sheriff, who is an elected officer as well as a law enforcer or a policeman. In India, we do not have that. We have managed to get around this. How? You’ll find out.

Interpreter of maladies

The stage is designed like a rundown media room, with a few chairs and a table. At any time, there are 10-12 people on stage. We have used the whole play, with things happening all over the stage. We have reporters belonging to different parts of India, from Bengal to Bihar. The editor is a sardar.

Bollywood touch

One of the reporters in the play keeps playing the banjo. And, we had to get Bollywood. There is a small item number also.

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At Shri Ram Centre on October 20 and 21. Tickets priced Rs 1,000, Rs 500, Rs 250 and Rs 150 are available at BookMyShow

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Women’s camp for T20 World Cup at CCI till October 21

By: PTI | Mumbai |

Published: October 17, 2018 11:45:54 pm

It was understood that the members of the team did an extended gym session yesterday as they could not hit the ground.

The Indian Women’s team preparatory camp for the upcoming World T20 will be now held at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) till October 21.

“The BCCI requested us to conduct the camp till the October 21 and we have agreed to it. The camp will happen at the Brabourne Stadium till the said date. After that it is for the BCCI to decide on it,” a senior CCI official told PTI Wednesday.

The Women’s camp was earlier scheduled to be held at the CCI but with the fourth One Day shifted to it from the Wankhede Stadium to it, the BCCI had initially asked MCA to hold it at the Wankhede Stadium.

However, the MCA had refused to allow the players to enter the Wankhede Stadium as it’s members had taken BCCI and CCI to the Bombay High Court over shifting of the said match.

It was understood that the members of the team did an extended gym session yesterday as they could not hit the ground.

“We are always promoting the game of cricket, so now when the BCCI requested us, we did not say no,” the CCI official maintained.

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A senior member of the team also confirmed that the camp started today at the CCI.

The World T20 will be held in West Indies next month.

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Food Wisdom

Written by Damini Ralleigh
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 18, 2018 12:20:37 am

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Rewind to ‘grandma’s hacks’

Today’s generation is spoilt for choice and that choice confuses them. Earlier, if our diet was 80 per cent Indian or local, 20 per cent was experimental. Today, it’s the other way around. We have so much exposure now and anything new sounds much more exciting. Unfortunately, what is old and traditional is made out to be difficult to follow, when it really isn’t, and this is combined with the perception that it is boring. That is perhaps why we have lost out on these traditional eating habits. I wanted to bring these back into our daily routines.

Listen to your gut

I sent a questionnaire to all my WhatsApp contacts, asking them how they eat, and I realised that nobody just eats. It’s always either with a book in hand or in front of the television. It’s very important to focus on your meal. If you just pay attention to your food as you’re consuming it, your body will tell you when to stop. But if you’re not even looking at your food, you won’t know when to. Your body will tell you that the burger that you’re eating is humongous but if you don’t even look at it, you’ll just be chomping away.

Choose wisely

I believe in the principle of moderation, so for me no food is bad food. By following simple rules like monitoring the portions or choosing wisely, you can incorporate desserts in your diet. For instance, if you have a choice between a gulab jamun and a rosogulla, choose the rosogulla. At least, it will give you some calcium and protein. Choose your desserts well so that along with taste, you get some goodness from it too. And most importantly, don’t feel guilty about indulging your sweet tooth.

Minimise harsh cooking practices

The less you do with food, the better. Overcooking leads to loss of nutrients. Shift to simpler cooking methods that do not require the food to come in contact with high-heat. Barbecuing, deep frying and high-temperature grilling can easily be substituted with sautéing, boiling or dum-cooking. Even the utensils we cook in, anything that has any coating on it or presents the risk of any chemical leaching into the food, should be avoided. Traditionally, earthenware, tender coconut or bamboo were used to cook in and we can easily go back to these.

Turn over a betel leaf

While the young generation looks down upon paan, it is a very good habit. Every single part of it — from the leaf to the ingredients that go into the traditional paan — is nutritious. It satisfies cravings for something sweet after a meal, it helps digestion and the chewing action works the salivary glands. The betel leaf, once exalted as a stimulant for the central nervous system, is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, riboflavin, thiamine (B1), (B2), niacin (B3) and is packed with antioxidants. This, of course, is paan that does not contain tobacco, supari or choona.

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Eat With Your Hands

Studies have now shown that it is far healthier to eat with your hands. The mudra formed while eating with your hands helps heal the body. This also helps you pay attention to your food. I also hope that even if people don’t follow it, they won’t ridicule those who use their hands to eat.

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Texas offers Lewis Hamilton his first shot at fifth title

By: Reuters | Austin |

Published: October 17, 2018 10:47:27 pm

Lewis Hamilton is 67 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with three races remaining after Texas. (Reuters/File Photo) 

It will be high fives for Lewis Hamilton in Austin on Sunday if a fifth win in a row brings the Briton a fifth Formula One world title. The Mercedes driver is on the brink of joining the late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio as a quintuple champion, with only seven times titleholder Michael Schumacher ahead of them in the all-time lists.

Hamilton is 67 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with three races — and a maximum 75 points — remaining after Texas. That means the title will be Hamilton’s if he scores eight points more than the German, something the Briton has done for the past four races and a total of eight times in the 17 grands prix so far.

On paper, with Hamilton and Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas one-two in the last two races and the champion triumphant in five of the past six races at the Circuit of the Americas — including the last four — the title is there for the taking.

Hamilton has won five races in a row before, in 2014 when the sequence involved the same five as this time, and is in the form of his life with nine wins so far this season. He has been busy with media activities in New York this week but his focus on the main task ahead remains laser sharp.


“With six race victories in the last seven races, Lewis has shown what a class act he is,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said this week. “Both on and off the track he is more complete than ever before, showing commanding performance in the car and challenging the entire team to perform to higher levels at the same time.

“The battle is far from over, so we approach Austin the same way as every other race: take it one step at a time, focus on our job and make sure we bring performance and reliability to the track,” added the Austrian.

The only other driver to have won in Austin to date is Vettel — with Red Bull in 2013 — and he arrives with plenty of criticism of his performance in Japan after he started eighth, dropped to 19th and finished sixth.

Like Hamilton a four times champion, Vettel has failed to finish in the top two for four races and has slumped from title frontrunner to also-ran. “We know its difficult from where we are but what do we have to lose?,” the German said after the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. “We are trying our utmost to fight and resist and let’s see what the next races bring.”

Mercedes also lead the constructors’ championship by 78 points but cannot yet wrap up their fifth successive team title, with that battle going on at least until Mexico the following weekend.

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ISL 2018/19 Delhi Dynamos vs ATK: Last laugh in Delhi, first win of the season for ATK

Written by Natasha Singh
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 17, 2018 10:24:27 pm

ATK had the last laugh as El Maimouni came on from the bench to give the Kolkata side the winning goal after a brilliant run from Jayesh Rane.

Balwant Singh scored ATK’s first goal of the season as the visitors beat Delhi Dynamos 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday to register their first win of the season.

ATK attacked from the beginning of the match and drew first blood in the 19th minute through a Balwant Singh curler. Manuel Lanzarote played Balwant in and the Indian international shifted inside to his right foot and curled past the keeper.

Dynamos skipper Pritam Kotal then equalised at the start of the second half with a header from close range off a Rene Mihelic corner in the 55th minute.

But ATK had the last laugh as El Maimouni came on from the bench to give the Kolkata side the winning goal after a brilliant run from Jayesh Rane.

ATK were yet to score a goal and had slumped to defeats on the bounce at home. This win lifts them to sixth position with three points, pushing Delhi Dynamos, who continue to look for their first win, to the seventh position with just one point.

The home side were without Bikramjit Singh, Gianni Zuiverloon and Marcos Tebar missed out due to injuries but coach Josep Gombau gave a first start of the season to defender Marti Crespi. His opposite number Steve Coppell also made a couple of changes as Kalu Uche and Komal Thatal made their debuts.

Uche made his inclusion in the squad count, standing out for ATK as he created a number of chances in the first half to trouble the Dynamos keeper.

A minute away from half-time, ATK were on the verge of doubling their lead with a dangerous cross from the right but Francisco Ramon Dorronsoro Sanchez did well to punch it away from the penalty box to avoid further danger.

The second half began with Shubham Sarangi finding space outside the penalty area, but his shot on goal was deflected by John Johnson for a corner before the home side manages to score one to nullify ATK’s lead.

With two substitutions in the second half, replacing Sarangi with Adria Carmona and Romeo Fernandes for Nandhakumar Sekar, the hosts were infused with fresh energy that saw another chance being created with Crespi’s shot from inside the box being saved by ATK keeper Arindam Bhattacharya. Nandhakumar Sekar’s effort later was flagged off-target.

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Coppell made two substitutions, with Komal being replaced by Jayesh Rane and Uche being removed to make way for Noussair, who scored the winning goal of the night.

Delhi Dynamos will next face Kerala Blasters on Saturday in their first away match in Kochi. ATK play Jamshedpur FC on Sunday.

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Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair

By: Reuters | Recife (brazil) |

Published: October 17, 2018 6:29:51 pm

zika virus, zika, deaths by zika, worldwide deaths zika, zika virus causes, zika virus effects, zika africa, zika during pregnancy, zika latest updates, indian express, indian exrpess news In Angola, dozens of babies born with microcephaly since 2017 appear linked to the same strain of Zika that hit Latin America. (Source: File Photo)

Nearly three years after a Zika outbreak in Brazil caused thousands of cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects in newborns, Reuters returned to check on the mothers and their children. Zika, the first mosquito-borne virus known to damage developing fetuses, has since disappeared from headlines, but world health officials fear its spread to new populations. In Angola, dozens of babies born with microcephaly since 2017 appear linked to the same strain of Zika that hit Latin America.

In northeastern Brazil, we spoke with nearly 30 mothers who contracted the Zika virus during pregnancy. Most of them have been abandoned by their husbands and must care for their children alone. Many of the women have largely adjusted to the initial shock of their child’s disability, trading dreams of their own careers for the reality of around-the-clock care of a child who may never walk or talk.

Many struggle to get by on a monthly disability check of just over 954 reais (roughly $ 250), which must cover shelter, food, medications and transportation to frequent doctor visits. Some seek comfort among mothers whose children share the same affliction. Others expressed gratitude for family members or friends who offer a break from the daily grind. Many confessed to despair and depression, and some considered suicide. But they share a fierce love for their children and a hope for a better life. Four of them provided us a glimpse of their daily life in simple homes on the outskirts of Recife and Olinda, two cities in the state of Pernambuco.


Gabriela Alves de Azevedo, 22, lives outside of Olinda with her daughter, Ana Sophia, now three years old. Ana Sophia has microcephaly, a rare birth defect marked by small head size that signifies arrested brain development during gestation. Before Zika, such birth defects had never been linked to a mosquito-borne disease. Besides developmental issues, Ana Sophia has vision and hearing problems and trouble swallowing.

Gabriela had planned to finish high school and study physical therapy. Now, she spends her days caring for her child. Her husband left shortly after Ana Sophia’s birth. He could not accept their child’s condition, Gabriela says, and does not pay child support. “I went into depression and my family helped me,” she said. “If it was not for them, I would have gone crazy.”

Today, some relatives give moral support and Ana Sophia’s paternal grandmother helps with her day-to-day care.
Gabriela does physical therapy exercises at home with her daughter and thinks her health has improved. “Nowadays, I treat my daughter like a normal child. I know she has her deficiency, but I pretend she does not.” ‘DON’T EVER GIVE UP’ Gleyse Kelly da Silva, 28, has help from her husband and mother in caring for three-year-old Maria Giovanna “Gigi” da Silva. But the burden is still great, and she was forced to leave her job as a toll attendant.

After Gigi was born, there were many consultations with medical teams trying to understand the full implications of Zika. Those visits are less frequent, but Gigi’s medical challenges are significant. “She does not sit alone, she does not roll, she does not do anything alone,” Gleyse said. Gigi needs an orthopedist, but there are not enough to go around, and she’s perpetually on waiting lists.

Gleyse struggles with navigating her daughter’s wheelchair on public transportation. Few buses have working lifts, and some drivers have refused to help her. “People do not respect my daughter’s rights,” she said. Other mothers have told her similar stories, including a bus passenger who refused to ride with “that demon,” referring to a baby with microcephaly.

Such struggles prompted Gleyse to help create the Union of Mothers of Angels, which provides advice and logistical support for mothers of children with microcephaly. The group now serves more than 250 families in Pernambuco.
Gleyse says some mothers have abandoned their children due to the many hardships, sending them to live with grandparents or other relatives. She is determined to make a place for in the world for children like Gigi. Her advice to other mothers: “Don’t ever give up.”


A few years ago, Jackeline Vieira de Souza, 28, of Olinda, fought to overcome a very rare complication from an earlier pregnancy, and then survived cancer. “My dream was to be a mother again,” she says. In 2015, she got her wish. But during her pregnancy, she learned that her son, Daniel Vieira de Oliveira, had microcephaly. “When he was born, I fell in love with him because I knew he would be a good thing in my life, even with the difficulties I would have to face.”

Daniel’s father separated from Jackeline shortly after learning that his son had microcephaly. He pays a small amount of family support every month, in addition to a monthly check that Jackeline gets from the government. It takes several hours to travel by bus between their home in Olinda and Recife, where Daniel goes for treatments. Lately, those trips are somewhat less frequent, and Jackeline believes Daniel’s health is more stable. She has no illusions that her son will ever walk, eat on his own or live a normal life. Yet in many ways she is grateful for her “miracle” baby, who she says makes her feel “happy and more accomplished.”


Rosana Vieira Alves, 28, has three daughters, but nearly all of her attention goes to her youngest, Luana Vieira da Silva, age three. “It’s hard to manage the girls. Some of them are jealous, but Luana needs more care. In time, they’ll understand.” Rosana does not have any family support and is overwhelmed by the cost of housing and Luana’s medicines. She counts it a victory that she has managed to get a wheelchair for Luana, and worries about the four surgeries her daughter needs to correct problems with her eyes, her gut and the position of her hips and feet.
The demands have taken Rosana to some dark places, and she confesses that she has considered suicide. But she still dreams of a better future, and hopes to get a degree in accounting or civil engineering.
“I’m sure one day I’ll get there,” she said.

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Destructive West Indies opener Evin Lewis pulls out of India tour citing personal reasons

By: PTI | Guwahati |

Published: October 17, 2018 8:43:14 pm

Lewis had recently declined a central contract offered by the Cricket West Indies. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

The struggling West Indies were dealt another blow on Wednesday with opener Evin Lewis pulling out of the limited overs leg of the India tour, citing personal reasons.

Lewis had recently declined a central contract offered by the Cricket West Indies, potentially making him more available for leagues around the world, following in the footsteps of Chris Gayle and other stars from the region.

Gayle, who is playing the Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah, had already made himself unavailable for the five ODIs and three ODIs in India. Lewis’ would have come handy in India, having played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He has two ODI hundreds in 35 games and as many in T20 format in just 17 matches.

Kieran Powell will be Lewis’ replacement in ODIs and Nicholas Pooran in the T20s.

Uncapped pacer Obed McCoy has also been drafted into both the squads.

“Powell and Pooran have been asked to replace Evin Lewis in the ODI and T20I squads; while McCoy will replace Alzarri Joseph, who remains under observation for his return to full fitness,” read a Cricket West Indies statement.

The five-match ODI against India begins in Guwahati on October 21.

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Revised West Indies squad(ODI): Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Oshane Thomas.

T20 squad: Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford and Oshane Thomas.

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Step-by-step guide: How to wear a Gujarati-style sari

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: October 17, 2018 6:41:19 pm

Gujarati sari, Gujarati style sari, step to step Gujarati saree wearing style This festive season, dress up in a Gujarati style sari with these easy draping tips.

Navratri is synonymous with garba and dandiya nights and it would be wrong to say that we aren’t a little excited. Colourful lehengas and cholis, gorgeous hairdos and the latest make-up trends take up all the time of fashion enthusiasts. Most like to experiment and some find innovative ways to wear a sari. If you are looking for inspiration then here’s a step-by-step guide of how to ace a Gujarati-style sari. Although it may look complicated, it’s not really that hard.

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Here’s how to go about it:

* Keep the non-pallu end on the right side and tuck it inside the underskirt. Make one complete round and bring it to the left side.

Gujarati sari, Gujarati style sari, step to step Gujarati saree wearing style Gujarati-style sari is easy to drape.

* Make 6-7 pleats of the same breadth, hold them together in one place and tuck them inside the underskirt at the centre of the waist.

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Gujarati sari, Gujarati style sari, step to step Gujarati saree wearing style The pleats should face the right side.

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Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Score, Bengaluru Bulls vs Tamil Thalaivas Live Score Streaming: Bengaluru Bulls 25-14 Tamil Thalaivas

Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Score Streaming, Bengaluru Bulls vs Tamil Thalaivas: Bengaluru Bulls had beaten Tamil Thalaivas earlier.

Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Score Streaming, Bengaluru Bulls vs Tamil Thalaivas: Bengaluru Bulls have played just one match that season and that was a successful one against Tamil Thalaivas. In that particular match, Pawan Shehrawat emerged as the star, scoring 20 points despite having to limp off a few minutes into the second half. His five-point raid was something that the Tamil Thalaivas never really recovered from. They ended up losing the match 48-37. That was the Thalaivas fourth defeat on the trot and they would now hope that a good rest period would do good for them.

Mahender Singh got a green card just before the stroke half time. This has been Bengaluru’s half through and through and Tamil Thalaivas have not shown any ability of coming back from this. 

So Kashling Adake had started this rout with a four-point raid on his very first attempt. Thalaivas have very rarely managed to get a single point out of raids since then. A Super Tackle helped them get themselves to six points. 

What a start from Bengaluru. They manage to inflict an all put within the first six minutes of the match. 

So these are the starters for both sides

The defeat against  Bengaluru Bulls was probably one of the toughest ones to take for Tamil Thalaivas among the four they suffered at home. It was an even contest for the first 10 minutes but that changed after Pawan stole five points from a single raid. Bengaluru just kept building on that and the crushed Thalaivas, no matter how hard they tried, remained behind for the rest of the match. They would hope that something like that does not occur again this time. 

UN launches workplace mental health strategy

By: IANS | United Nations |

Published: October 17, 2018 6:46:07 pm

United Nations, United Nations mental health, mental health if staff UN, UN mental health, mental health of UN staff, indian express news, indian express The UN can and must do better in supporting its staff, and it starts with the new strategy we are setting in motion,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Source: File Photo)

The UN has launched a strategy to deal with workplace mental health issues and ways to maintain the well-being of its staff by dealing with the stigma attached to it. UN staff struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or other circumstances have reported feeling isolated and ashamed, with no-one to turn to for help, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday at the launch.

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He noted that mental health diagnoses account for almost a quarter of all days lost to sick leave, and were the leading cause of disability pensions, Xinhua news agency reported. “The UN can and must do better in supporting its staff, and it starts with the new strategy we are setting in motion,” said Guterres.

Noting that reducing stigma is the top priority, he said the staff would not feel prepared to seek help or disclose their feelings until stigma was overcome.”The strategy also underscores the need to care for each other, and to reach out to colleagues who may be in distress,” he added. He said colleagues must find ways to help them feel supported, not judged. “We also need to educate ourselves about the early warning signs of mental illness,” he added.

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