The International News Weekly ENTERTAINMENT 12 February 02, 2018 | Toronto Nobody dare misbehave with women on my set: Shah Rukh Khan Indo-Asian News Service Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, known for his chivalrous attitude, says nobody has dared to misbehave with a woman on his film sets. The actor, who was feted with a Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos along with Hollywood celebrities Cate Blanchett and Elton John, spoke to BBC World News at length on gender equality in Bollywood and the cultural differences in India. In the midst of the raging debate over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in Hollywood, Shah Rukh was asked if he has witnessed sexual misconduct in the Hindi film industry and done anything about it. "At a level when I'm making films or working in films, we are very clear about the attitude to women. Even the smallest aspects, of the names coming first in title, which is not going to do anything, but the kind of respectability," Shah Rukh said on the "HARDtalk on BBC World News" show. "Even this small thing needs to be done just to bring about the equality... Just see what we've reduced ourselves to. You know, to put a girl's name in front just to show what little guys we are, thinking of them as equals. And that is sad and that is strangely dichotomous when you're talking about creativity, and you have boys and girls working together. "I have never personally, first hand and nobody, if I may say, nobody dared misbehave with a woman on my set, I am very clear on that," he added. A transcript of the interview was provided to IANS by BBC. On inter-communal tensions and divisions that the world has been observing in modern-day India, the actor said: "There will be dissent for everything and I think, like you would also believe and we all believe, there has to be a discussion on it." Shah Rukh believes there cannot be a radical standoff when there is dissent. "I think you can have a discussion and then you can talk about it in our country - we are the biggest democracy - and if you are the biggest democracy, dissent is a part and parcel of that and as much is discussion. "So, when you have a story and you know when you go out sometimes, there's dissent, but as a filmmaker, as a citizen of a country and the world, you know when there's dissent, can we just have a little bit of discussion about it and sort it out instead of you know taking standoff positions... So it is possible," he added. Questioned if there is a kind of Hindu nationalism that is not fostering good intercommunal ties, S h a h R u k h said: "Because of social media, whenever a certain thing, when small factions or fractions of things happen now, they seem a little bigger. But the beauty of all this is that within all this trolling and anger and people expressing themselves, they're all also connecting. "I just see it on social media. I don't see it live anywhere and I would be wrong to comment on it that way, but I think if you have this kind of dissent or whatever if people claim it, I think just a bit of discussion especially, finally, if it's not going to be inclusive, everybody will suffer. But I think we're not at that stage at all in our country," he added. The episode will air on Wednesday night. Telugu actor arrested for theft in estranged wife's flat Indo-Asian News Service Hyderabad : Telugu actor Samrat Reddy has been arrested for alleged trespassing and theft in the house of his estranged wife, a police official said. Acting on a complaint by K. Haritha Reddy, police on Tuesday booked him for trespass, theft and causing disappearance of evidence. Samrat Reddy, whose real name is GVS Krishna Reddy, allegedly broke into Haritha's flat in Madhapur and stole her belongings. The complainant alleged that he also damaged CCTV cameras and took away DVR, which consisted of the footage of his entering the house. Samrat played the lead role in "Panchakshari" (2010) with Anushka Shetty. He also acted in "Kittu Unnadu Jagratha", starring Raj Tarun as the male lead. Haritha, 29, alleged that Samrat and his sister Sahithi Reddy committed the theft on January 13 when she was out of town. Madhapur police inspector R. Kalinga Rao said the case was booked against the actor and his sister on January 25. While the actor was arrested on Tuesday, the police were waiting for his sister's return from Goa. Samrat and Haritha, an interior designer, had married in 2015 but the couple had marital disputes. She had also complained to police that the actor harassed her for dowry. A court had recently granted him anticipatory bail in the dowry harassment case. Haritha alleged that Samrat is a drug addict and is also in a relationship with another woman. The actor, however, had denied the allegations. Samrat claimed that Haritha is making baseless allegations as he had rejected her condition that he stop acting in films. Preity Zinta celebrates her birthday with husband LA Guru Randhawa's 'Lahore' makes it to Billboard charts Indo-Asian News Service Mumbai : Singer Guru Randhawa's single "Lahore" has secured a spot in the Billboard Top 25 on YouTube. He says it was a dream to make it to the international list. The song has been placed 21 on Billboard Top 25 on You- Tube this week. "It was my dream to feature on Billboard charts with my independent music. And that day is here. It gives me immense happiness. My entire team and fans who loved 'Lahore' are feeling very proud about our entry into Billboard world charts. I'm living the dream now," Randhawa said in a statement. "My independent singles were doing well. They made it to Bollywood and now in Billboard," added the "Tu meri rani" hitmaker. The list has songs by artistes like Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi and Bruno Mars. Randhawa's song "High rated Gabru" will be featured in the "Nawabzaade" movie. Agencies Los Angeles : Preity Zinta, who turned 43 on Wednesday, celebrated her birthday in three different cities across the globe, Mumbai, Dubai and Los Angeles, and wrapped up the celebrations with a cute picture with her husband, Gene Goodenough. Earlier, close friends Salman Khan, Bobby Deol and Sonakshi Sinha paid a surprise visit to Preity to mark her 43rd birthday in Mumbai. The actor also cut a cake in the presence of her friends and shared pictures from the celebrations. Sharing a picture on her Instagram account, Preity called this her “longest birthday” and wrote, “So it’s a Super Blue Blood Moon Tonight & it’s my longest birthday so far. Celebrated it in Mumbai, Dubai & now with my Pati Parmeshwar in LA! I’m loving it #longestbirthday #love #happiness #travel.” Preity and Gene tied the knot in a secret ceremony in May 2016 in Los Angeles. Though Preity hasn’t completely quit films, she is rarely seen in movies these days and mostly concentrates on her cricket team, Kings XI Punjab.
The International News Weekly Sports February 02, 2018 | Toronto 13 U-19 WC: India thrash Pak in semi-final Indo-Asian News Service Christchurch : India set their date with Australia for the 2018 Under 19 Cricket World Cup summit clash after thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan by 203 runs in the second semi-final at the Hagley Oval here on Tuesday. Young Shubman Gill set things up with an unbeaten 94-ball 102 that helped India post 272/9 after opting to bat, before pacer Ishan Porel's 4/17 dismantled Pakistan for 69 runs -- their lowest total in U19 CWC history. Pakistan had a few moments in the first innings, especially with Muhammad Musa (4/67) and Arshad Iqbal (3/51) running through India's middle order to give the batsmen a few jitters. However, Gill's mesmeric century, his sixth consecutive fifty-plus total in U19 ODIs, helped the three-time U19 World Cup champions reach Saturday's final. Opting to bat, skipper Prithvi Shaw (41 from 42 balls; 4X3, 6X1) and Manjot Kalra (47 from 59; 4X7) gave India a flying 89-run start, before the former was run out attempting a quick single. Three overs later, Manjot's dismissal by Musa reduced India to 94/2. Gill came in and took charge after that, virtually ensuring Pakistan were better off just focusing on the other end. It yielded some success, with Arshad Iqbal running through the middle order, dismissing Harvik Desai (20), Riyan Parag (2) and Abhishek Sharma (5). Gill did most of the scoring though, putting on 54 with Desai to revive the innings after the openers' dismissal, and a crucial 67 with Anukul Roy (33 off 45), who himself plundered the Pakistan bowlers in the final stretch. Roy was caught behind down the leg side off Musa, but Gill carried on to complete his century in dramatic circumstances. The one-down batsman was on 99 when he got on strike with one ball remaining. He got to three figures after he was dropped by Hassan in the deep. It turned out that it was a no-ball, although it yielded just one run from the freehit that followed. In response, the Indian pacemen proved hard to handle, zipping and shaping the ball around. The Pakistan batsmen's temperament has been suspect all through the tournament, and on Tuesday, it was laid bare for all to see. With Shivam Mavi putting pressure from one end with three consecutive maidens, Porel capitalised at the other end -- he had Zaid Alam (7), Imran Shah (2) and Ali Zaryab (1) dismissed in consecutive overs as Pakistan were reduced to 20/3. Ammad Alam (4) became Porel's fourth victim, holing out after slicing an attempted drive. The Indian spinners complemented their pace partners well with Shiva Singh and Parag claiming Mohammad Taha (4) and Rohail Nazir (18), respectively in quick succession. A similar fate awaited skipper Hassan Khan (1) and Shaheen Afridi (0), and it was telling that Pakistan's only positive in the innings was a 20-run ninth-wicket partnership between Saad Khan (15) and Musa (11 not out), which wasn't enough to avoid that unwanted record - their lowest total in U19 World Cup history. Brief Scores: India 272/9 (Shubman Gill 102 not out, Manjot Kalra 47, Prithvi Shaw 41; Mohammed Musa 4/67, Arshad Iqbal 3/51) against Pakistan 69 (Rohail Nazir 18, Saad Khan 15; Ishan Porel 4/17, Riyan Parag 2/6, Shiva Singh 2/20). Mary Kom, Sarita among 18 local boxers in finals Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi: Five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom spearheaded the Indian contingent with 18 of them -- including 10 men and eight women -- entering the finals of their respective categories at the India Open International boxing tournament at the Thyagraj Indoor stadium here on Wednesday. Running a distant second was classy Uzbekistan, who saw all their seven boxers sailing through smoothly from the semi-finals. World boxing giants Cuba, who had four in the semi-finals, saw three of them take their places in the title round; only Toirac Yohandi Ortega was ousted in the superheavyweight final, losing 0-5 to the towering Uzbek Bakhodir Jalolov. India's charge into the final was led by none other than Mary, Sarita Devi and Pinki Rani in the women's session while Manish Kaushik and Dinesh, who upset Manoj Kumar, led the men's charge. Shiva Thapa fell by the wayside in the men's semi-finals. Hindered by a slight wrist injury, he failed to unravel Manish, just like he couldn't during the recently-held nationals. Southpaw Manish looked in fine fettle and used his speed and power to win 5-0 in the lightweight category. "I had no pressure on me so I fought freely. I instigated him and then went on the attack," he said after his victory. Mary suffered some early hiccups in the opening round against her taller and stronger Mongolian opponent Altansetseg Lutsaikhan in the light-fly category. She promptly changed her strategy in the second to turn the bout on its head. She began by fighting from close quarters only to realise that it wasn't a good tactic against the aggressive Mongolian, who cleverly used her height, reach and power to her advantage. In the next rounds, the Manipuri pugilist opted to maintain a safe distance, before launching into shortburst attacks.That was enough to throw the Mongolian out of her rhythm and Mary piled on the points for a 4-1 victory.Mary will take on Josie Gabuco, an impressive all-round boxer from the Philippines, in the final. Sarita overcame her Indian counterpart Priyanka Choudhary 4-1 in the light-weight category while Thai girl Chuthamat Raksat found Pinki Rani too hot to handle, going down 0-5 in the flyweight division. Sarita next meets the strong and aggressive Finnish girl, Potkonan Mira Marjut, who more than packs a punch, in the final while Pinki takes on Ochirbat Jargalan of Mongolia. Core squad for 2019 World Cup is more or less sorted out: Kohli Indo-Asian News Service Durban: With around 15 months to go for the 2019 cricket World Cup, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday asserted that barring the No. 4 spot, the core of the squad is more or less sorted out for the quadrennial tournament in England. Kohli also maintained that the ones who did well during the home season last year might not necessarily impress in England and wants the players to cash on the opportunities in the run up to the World Cup. "We are going to play the World Cup in England, which is going to be very different from what we get back home as well. People who might be doing well at home might necessarily not repeat their performances in England, so we will have to figure out which player's game suits the team best in particular conditions," Kohli said on the eve of the opening ODI against South Africa at the Kingsmead Stadium here on Thursday. "We feel that the core of players is more or less sorted (out). It's about who takes that one particular spot (No.4), which the guys who get the opportunity need to capitalise and string in performances that convinces the management and the team. "Obviously changes can happen at any stage, you never know who is in form or not at that stage, but what I see is that the core is more or less formed," he added. The 29-year-old also seemed to be satisfied with the balance of the side, which includes the two wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal (leg-break) and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. "We are probably the only team in world cricket who are blessed with two wrist spinners and with Kedar (Jadhav) doing the conventional job really well, that's why I said the balance of the side is pretty good at the moment," he said. "Wrist spinners help you in any conditions, in any part of the world. They can go for six an over but they will pick you two-three wickets as well, which makes the difference at the end. "We are very happy to have two wrist spinners who are very different from each other. Both are versatile in their own way. I think that's going to be a major strength for the team going forward," he added. On being asked about his team's approach for the upcoming series against the Proteas, which could potentially be a good preparation going into the 2019 World Cup, Kohli said: "We have explored a lot of options in the last few months. Since we don't have much time and have only a few series before the World Cup, we want to try as many combinations as possible." "I don't think the quality of the team will be compromised anyway regardless of who takes the No.4 position because of we have strong batsmen above and below to stabilise the innings. I am pretty confident of all the guys in the team. Kohli also indicated that Ajinkya Rahane could be the potential candidate for the coveted No. 4 slot despite the team management looking at him as the third opener. "Rahane can be considered as the third opener but may change since he batted at No. 4 in the World Cup and in seamer-friendly conditions he can be a good option for the No. 4 slot. "We have Manish (Pandey), Shreyas (Iyer), Kedar (Jadhav) who can bat at No. 5 and 6, besides Hardik (Pandya) and MS (Dhoni). We don't want to be one dimensional and would go by whose technique suits the best in the given conditions," he added. Kohli also wished the best for the Prithvi Shaw-led India colts, who thrashed Pakistan by 203 runs in the semi-final to set up the ICC Under-19 final against Australia on Saturday.