first_imgAfter blockbuster Dabangg Sonakshi Sinha is all set to make a comback in Rowdy Rathore along with Akshay Kumar.Bollywood’s original Khiladi Akshay Kumar returns to what he is best at- action. He will be seen packing some hardcore kicks and punches in Prabhu Deva directed Rowdy Rathore when it releases Friday.Made with a budget of approximately Rs.40 crore, the film is a remake of Telugu film Vikramarkudu. It is co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala. The film will be released in 2,300 screens in India and around 400 screens overseas.The film revolves around Shiva (Akshay), who is a small-time conman. He is head-over-heels in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl whom he met at a wedding he wasn’t invited to. The picture perfect world of Shiva turns upside down with the entry of six-year-old girl Neha, who believes he is her father.Shiva also becomes the victim of a series of life threatening attacks by a gang of deadly criminals, who seem to know something he doesn’t. In the quest to save his life and love, Shiva stumbles upon a deadly secret, something which takes him to a small town in Bihar.That town is ruled by a ruthless MLA and the mafia he controls. The inhabitants of the small town find a saviour in Shiva.Akshay is said to have learned combat karate for his role in the film. He is seen sporting a rugged look in the film. The movie bosses had launched an online hunt for Akshay’s look for Rowdy Rathore.The cast and crew of the film had a tough time shooting in Karnataka’s temple town of Hampi. The shoot was disrupted after activists alleged that the makers didn’t use the minimum number of local dancers that they had promised.Sonakshi’s red sari act in the song Chhammak challo chail chabeeli has compelled people to draw comparisons with Kareena Kapoor’s Chhammak chhallo in RA.One. However, the actress brushes it off as mere co-incidence and insists the two songs should not be compared.Filmmakers have been coming up with innovative ways of promoting a film or launching the music and Rowdy Rathore too tried a new trick. The film’s music was launched in a chawl in Mumbai.This will be Sonakshi’s second release after blockbuster Dabangg.After this, Akshay and Sonakshi will appear together in Joker and strike a hattrick with Once Upon A Time Again.Two of the film’s songs have a slew of Southern and Hindi film actors making a special appearance. While Chinta ta chita has Tamil star Vijay, Kareena Kapoor, Rajesh Hamal and Prabhu Deva himself, Aa re pritam pyaare has Maryam Zakaria, Shakti Mohan, Mumaith Khan and Amit Kumar.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgJasprit Bumrah has lauded fellow Team India pacers for helping each other grow and meet the demands required to play in international cricket.India’s pace bowling department — comprising of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav — is now a force to reckon with in Test cricket. In fact, India’s fast bowling unit is equipped with variety and depth.”It’s very good that we have a fast bowling unit. Everybody has good rapport with each other. All of us are always together discussing plans. And everybody is quick nowadays. No one is medium pace and everybody is able to clock 140’s. It’s a very good time for Indian cricket. We learn from each other. Everybody has a different quality and not everybody is the same. It’s a very good sign that we keep learning from each other and keep developing,” Bumrah said.Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah have developed a deadly partnership for India in recent times in the limited-overs formats.Bumrah, raw pace delivered with his unique action, joining forces with Bhuvneshwar’s swing and myriad variations; no pair in world cricket in recent times has been as damaging with the new ball and at the death.Also Read – Any bowler can get injured, bowling action not a problem: Jasprit BumrahWith seven months still left for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales, India are one of the top contenders to lift the title.Although the World Cup is just three one day series away, both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar thoughtfully play down the anticipation and excitement.advertisement”The World Cup is too far. One step at a time has always been my philosophy,” Bumrah said.For Bhuvneshwar, this will be his second outing after a disappointing Australian sojourn in 2015 where he lost match opportunities to injury.”The ultimate aim is to play and do well in the World Cup. But like Jasprit said you can’t think too far ahead. The focus is on West Indies, Australia and New Zealand series. If we start thinking about the World Cup now, it’s possible that we will lose focus from what we have to achieve before that,” Bhuvneshwar said.The immediate challenges are the four Test matches in the upcoming tour of Australia.Australia will be without two of their best batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who have been serving one-year bans for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.Read – Australia tour will be challenging even without Smith and Warner: Bhuvneshwar KumarHowever, both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar said India were wary of Australia’s threat even in the absence of Smith and Warner.”No we don’t think that way. We are not focusing on that,” Bumrah said.”It’s a challenge. If you look at it, for the past few years, away from home, it has become easier to bat rather than in the sub-continent. It’s more difficult for bowlers so it will be a challenge. But we know if we do well in Australia it will be good preparations for England (World Cup),” Bhuvneshwar said.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests before a three-match one day international series in January 2019.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat has completed work to develop the fourth Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF), which underpins implementation of the country’s long-term National Development Plan.Programme Director for the Secretariat, which is based in the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Elizabeth Emanuel, says the document, which covers 2018 to 2021, has been reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders and will shortly be presented to Cabinet for review and approval.The Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan seeks to position the island to attain developed country status within 12 years and, in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the Institute’s New Kingston head office on Wednesday (November  20), Mrs. Emanuel noted that the progress of Vision 2030 Jamaica’s implementation under successive three-year MTFs, between 2009 and 2018, was “mixed”.She pointed out that while there were challenges with crime and environmental sustainability, among other issues, there were improvements in key social and economic indicators.These, she informed, include: life expectancy at birth; the annual inflation rate; literacy rates; government effectiveness; and sustainable development planning.The Programme Director said Jamaica recorded gains in several notable areas between 2015 and 2018.These relate to human capital development; macroeconomic stability; a reduction in unemployment; increased use of renewable energy options; improved governance, particularly in relation to control of corruption, and government effectiveness; key economic sectors, particularly agriculture and tourism; and infrastructural development.“Of a total of 67 indicators that were monitored against medium-term targets under Vision 2030 Jamaica, 56 per cent have shown improvement over the baseline year 2007, based on results to 2017/18, while 36 per cent showed no improvement or worsened relative to the baseline year,” Mrs. Emanuel said, while noting that no up-to-date information/data was available for the remaining eight per cent.She advised that eight national strategic priorities have been shortlisted under the 2018-2021 MTF, in keeping with Vision 2030 Jamaica’s four Goals.These priorities are human capital development; social protection and social inclusion; values and attitudes; rule of law and timely justice; public-sector efficiency and effectiveness; economic stability, growth and employment; international competitiveness of industry structures; and environmental sustainability and climate change response.“These strategic priorities, along with their associated projects, programmes and activities, will assist in moving Jamaica towards a secure and prosperous future for our people,” Mrs. Emanuel said.The National Goals aim to ensure ‘Jamaicans are Empowered’; ‘The Jamaican Society is Secure, Cohesive and Just’; ‘Jamaica’s Economy is Prosperous’; and that ‘Jamaica has a Healthy and Natural Environment’.last_img read more