Tamil & Telugu Movie Update : Details On Allu Arjun’s Next, Oviya’s Cameo &...

Rajeev Ravi to make Telugu debut with Allu Arjun’s next . National Award-winning cinematographer Rajeev Ravi, who has worked on films such as Dev D and Udta Punjab, will be foraying into Telugu film industry with upcoming yet-untitled project starring Allu Arjun. “Rajeev has been signed for the project. However, the makers are yet to make an official announcement, and it will be made when the project is launched next month,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS. However, Rajeev’s name featured in one of the film’s posters released on Arjun’s birthday last week. Rajeev Ravi to make Telugu debut with Allu Arjun’s nextTo be directed by Vakkantham Vamsi, the project is tipped to be a high-octane actioner. The project will have music by composer duo Vishal-Shekhar and it will be produced by Lagadapati Sridhar. Arjun is currently wrapping up Telugu action-drama “Duvvada Jagannadham“, which is being directed by Harish Shankar. Oviya’s extended cameo in Vishnu Vishal’s next Actress Oviya has been roped in for an extended cameo in upcoming yet-untitled Tamil comedy starring Vishnu Vishal and Regina Cassandra, a source in the know has said. “At the special request of hero Vishnu, she agreed to play an extended cameo. She will join the sets soon to shoot her portion,” the source from the film’s unit told IANS. She might even feature in a song apart from a few scenes, the source added. Oviya’s extended cameo in Vishnu Vishal’s nextA full-length comic entertainer, the film marks the directorial debut of Chella. This is Vishnu’s third production venture and he is bankrolling it under his banner V.V. Studioz. ‘Sanghamitra’ to roll from July 3 Filmmaker Sundar C’s Rs 150-crore mega budget Tamil historic drama “Sanghamitra” — which stars Arya, Jayam Ravi and Shruti Haasan in the lead — will roll from July 3, a source said. “The pre-production has been happening for the last three months. The lead actors have already started training in sword-fighting and horse-riding. Shruti has been taking special fighting lessons. The makers are planning to go on the floors on July 3,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS. Shruti, who plays a pivotal role, tweeted last week that she has started taking fighting lessons as part of her preparation for her role. ‘Sanghamitra’ to roll from July 3Shruti had told IANS, “It’s going to be the biggest project of my career. It will give me an opportunity to attempt something I haven’t done before.” Produced by Sri Thenandal Films, the film will also be released in Telugu and Hindi. “It will be simultaneously made in Telugu. In Hindi, however, it will be made with an entirely different cast and the process will take time,” the source added. The post Tamil & Telugu Movie Update : Details On Allu Arjun’s Next, Oviya’s Cameo & Sanghamitra appeared first on Koimoi.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Banned In Karnataka – SS Rajamouli Reacts

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion director SS Rajamouli feels it’s ‘not right’ to ban the film in Karnataka. While the sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning is gearing up for a worldwide release in the last week of April, its screening seems uncertain in Karnataka due to Katappa. Some pro-Kannada organisations are allegedly trying to stop the release of the film in the state. They reportedly want Sathyaraj, who plays Kattapa in the film, to apologise for some controversial remarks he made several years ago regarding a water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The actor had allegedly attacked pro-Kannada groups and activist Vatal Nagaraj, who is now leading an anti-Baahubali campaign in the state and is threatening to stop its screening. Baahubali 2 director SS Rajamouli is not at all happy with the film being targeted for Sathyaraj’s issues with pro-Kannada groups. Talking to a TV channel, the filmmaker said that he has worked with Sathyaraj for almost five years and could have never ever imagined that he is a person who could try to hurt someone. He further said that some videos were posted on the internet and after inquiring, they came to know that whatever comments Sathyaraj had made, was nine years back. After that, about 30 films of his were released in Karnataka including Baahubali: The Beginning. Rajamouli has alleged that suddenly raking up the issue at this point in time is not right. Did Katappa kill Baahubali in Karnataka? SS Rajamouli reacts!He also stated that stopping Baahubali 2’s screening in Karnataka will not affect Sathyaraj in any way since he is not the writer, director, producer or hero of the film but just a supporting character, who has acted in the film and went away with his remuneration. The director called the sudden attempt to stop Baahubali 2’s screening as ‘sad’. He also said that turning the anger on Sathyaraj towards Baahubali is not right. If reports are to be believed, no distributor or exhibitor has bought the theatrical rights of Baahubali 2 in the state fearing a backlash from pro-Kannada organisations. The post Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Banned In Karnataka – SS Rajamouli Reacts appeared first on Koimoi.

Malayalam Megastar Mohanlal To Play Bheema In 1000 Cr Movie – The Mahabharatha

Mollywood megastar Mohanlal is all set to play Bheema in what is being touted as India’s biggest-ever motion picture, The Mahabharatha. The film will be an adaptation of Jnanpith award winning author MT Vasudevan Nair’s classic novel Randamoozhan. The movie will be directed by ad-filmmaker Shrikumar Menon. It will be produced by UAE-based Indian businessman BR Shetty, who is the founder and Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare. He is reportedly investing Rs 1000 crore on the project. Shetty, who is very eager about the major project has said that the film will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu and will be dubbed into major Indian and foreign languages. He was quoted saying, “I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over three billion people across the world.” The makers are targeting to make the film as popular as Greek Mythology! Malayalam megastar Mohanlal to essay second Pandava in Rs 1000-crore movie MahabharathaThe film will be narrated from the point of view of Bheema and hence Mohanlal has been offered the role of the second Pandava. In this context director Shrikumar Menon said, “The film is seen from the point of view of Bheema and his emotional turmoil. Though the film will include cast members from across the world, we were sure that only Mohanlal would be able to play the role of Bheema.” The film, with around 190 scenes, will be released in two parts, with the second part releasing three months after the first. The project will go on floors around September 2018 and is expected to hit theatres in 2020. MT Vasudevan Nair, on whose book the film will be based, will also be writing its screenplay. The 83-year-old writer holds a record of maximum National Awards for screenwriting in the history of Indian cinema. There have been reports in the past that the film would cast stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram and Nagarjuna. Baahubali director SS Rajamouli had also expressed his interest to direct the Mahabharatha, calling it his dream project. The post Malayalam Megastar Mohanlal To Play Bheema In 1000 Cr Movie – The Mahabharatha appeared first on Koimoi.

Rajamouli Emotional On Last Working Day Of ‘Baahubali’

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli on Tuesday said he was smiling with joy as well as wincing with pain as the curtains came down finally on the filming of his forthcoming magnum opus “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion“. “Last working day. Hopefully. What a journey. What an experience. I am both smiling with joy and wincing with pain,” Rajamouli tweeted. Baahubali: The Beginning has made South actor Prabhas a star across India and has increased his female fan following by at least ten times in North India circuit too! The highly anticipated trailer Baahubali 2: The Conclusion received over a 100 million views across four languages. It has become the most viewed Indian film trailer on YouTube. Despite an early leak, the film’s trailer was released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam on March 16. In no time, the trailer went viral online. Rajamouli Emotional On Last Working Day Of ‘Baahubali’Baahubali: The Conclusion’s run time is reportedly 2 hours 50 minutes, which makes it an almost 3-hour-long movie. The film, about the battle between two warring brothers for an ancient kingdom, will release in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. The film has recently been in the news as the movie is facing a protest from pro-Kannada groups which has demanded Sathyaraj (Katappa) to apologize for his remarks on Kannadigas during the Cauvery row. Produced by ARKA entertainment and directed by S.S Rajamouli, the magnum opus features Prabhas in the title role in addition to Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Nassar and Sathyaraj in pivotal roles. The film will release worldwide in IMAX on 28th of April. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion will release over 6500 screens across India, which makes it the first film to have such a big release in the history of cinema. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion will finally shed the light on why Kattappa killed Baahubali. The post Rajamouli Emotional On Last Working Day Of ‘Baahubali’ appeared first on Koimoi.

Baahubali Director Rajamouli Posts A Video – An Appeal To All The Kannada Friends

Filmmaker S.S Rajamouli today requested to the people that Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, slated for release on April 28, should not be targeted for some comments made by actor Sathyaraj nine years ago. Following some allegedly inflammatory comments made by actor Sathyaraj over the Cauvery row, pro-Kannada organisations have been protesting against the release of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion in Karnataka. To facilitate smooth release of the film in the state, these organisations have demanded an apology from the actor who plays the character Kattappa in the movie. An appeal to all the Kannada friends… pic.twitter.com/5rJWMixnZF — rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) April 20, 2017 “Sathyaraj sir is not the producer or director of the film. He is one among the many artists who have worked in the film. If this movie doesn’t release as planned in Karnataka, he has nothing to lose. It’s unfair to target the film because of some comments he had made,” Rajamouli said in a video message. Please don’t target us: Rajamouli on Karnataka issueHe went on to add that people shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to watch the film due to Sathyaraj’s comments. “I have already discussed the situation with Sathyaraj sir. I don’t have the authority or the energy to talk more on this issue. I request that our film doesn’t get dragged into this controversy,” he said. As of Thursday, the protest against the release of Baahubali 2 continues in the city. The groups have threatened to go on a state-wide bandh, if Sathyaraj doesn’t apologise, on the day of the release of the film. If reports are to be believed, no distributor or exhibitor has bought the theatrical rights of Baahubali 2 in the state fearing a backlash from pro-Kannada organisations. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj, Nasser, Ramya Krishnan and Subbaraju. Stay tuned for more updates! The post Baahubali Director Rajamouli Posts A Video – An Appeal To All The Kannada Friends appeared first on Koimoi.

पेशाब पीकर किसानों ने सरकार के खिलाफ जताया विरोध, कल खाएंगे ‘मानव मल’ –...

नई दिल्ली। दिल्ली के जंतर-मंतर पर पिछले 38 दिनों से चल रहे तमिलनाडु के किसानों का प्रदर्शन अब दर्द भरा होता जा रहा है। किसान अपनी ओर ध्यान खींचने के लिए दिल दहलाने वाली कोशिशें कर रहे है। कभी नग्न होकर तो कभी सांप और चूहे खाने जैसे दर्द भरे तरीकों से किसानों ने प्रदर्शन किया था तो वहीं किसानों ने इस बार मानव मूत्र पीकर सरकार के खिलाफ अपना विरोध जताया है। किसानों ने दी मल खाने की चेतावनी किसानों ने सरकार को चेतावनी दी है कि अगर उनकीं बातें नहीं सुनी गई तो वो मानव मल खाने की हद भी पार करे देंगे। पिछले करीब एक महीने से ज्यादा ये किसान नग्न होकर प्रदर्शन कर रहे है जिसमें चूहे खाने से लेकर सांप को मुंह में रखने जैसे तरीके को ये किसान अपना चुके है। इतना ही नहीं ये किसान आत्महत्या कर चुके किसानों की खोपड़ियां भी साथ लेकर आए हैं। इन किसानों का इरादा सिर्फ इतना है कि केंद्र सरकार उनकी समस्या का समाधान करे, लेकिन सरकार उनकी सुनने को राज़ी नहीं है। किसानों ने पिया मूत्र किसानों की बात न सुने जाने पर इस बार किसान प्लास्टिक की बोतलों में मानव मूत्र लेकर बैठ गए और बाद में उसे पिया भी। आंदोलनकारी किसान ने पत्रकारों से कहा, ‘हमें तमिलनाडु में पीने को पानी नहीं मिल रहा है और पीएम मोदी हमारी प्यास को नजरअंदाज कर रहे हैं, इसलिए हमारे पास अपना मूत्र पीने के अलावा और कोई रास्ता नहीं है.किसानों की मांग तमिलनाडु में किसान इन दिनों भयंकर सूखे की मार झेल रहे है। दक्षिण-पश्चिमी मानसून और पूर्वोत्तर मानसून सामान्य से 60 फीसदी कम बरसा है। ऐसे में कर्ज के बोझ के तले किसान दबते ही जा रहे है। किसानों का आरोप है कि आत्महत्या के बढ़ते मामलों के बावजूद सरकार उनकी बात नहीं सुन रही है। जबकि मद्रास हाईकोर्ट तमिलनाडु सरकार को किसानों का कर्ज माफ करने का निर्देश दे चुकी है लेकिन अभी तक कोई सरकार की तरफ से कोई सुनवाई नहीं हुई है। The post पेशाब पीकर किसानों ने सरकार के खिलाफ जताया विरोध, कल खाएंगे ‘मानव मल’ appeared first on Latest News in Hindi.

शर्मनाकः रिश्वत नहीं देने पर जच्चा-बच्चा को किया प्रताड़ित – Dew Media

हापुड़। जनपद हापुड़ के सामुदायिक स्वास्थ्य केंद्र से मानवता को शर्मसार करने वाला मामला सामने आया है। दरअसल यहां एक रिश्वत नहीं मिलने पर अस्पताल के स्टाफ ने जच्चा बच्चा के कमरे की बिजली ही बंद कर दी, जिससे महिला और उसके नवजात बच्चे को घुटन और भयंकर गर्मी में रहना पड़ा। वहीं जब मीडिया कर्मियों ने घटना की कवरेज करने की कोशिश की तो अस्पताल के स्टाफ ने उनके साथ भी बदतमीजी की। क्या है मामला खबर के अनुसार, एक गर्भवती महिला सामुदायिक अस्पताल में डॉक्टर से परामर्श के लिए आयी थी। इसी बीच महिला को लेबर पेन शुरु हो गया और उसे आनन फानन में अस्पताल में भर्ती कराना पड़ा। इसके बाद महिला की डिलीवरी की गई। इसी दौरान अस्पताल स्टाफ ने अस्पताल का कमरा दिलाने के लिए रिश्वत की मांग की लेकिन परिजनों के विरोध के बाद कमरा तो मिल गया लेकिन रिश्वत ना मिलने से क्षुब्ध स्टाफ ने कमरे की बिजली काट दी। जिसके बाद महिला और उसके नवजात बच्चे को इस भयंकर गर्मी में घंटो रहना पड़ा। फिलहाल पुलिस मामले की जांच कर रही है। The post शर्मनाकः रिश्वत नहीं देने पर जच्चा-बच्चा को किया प्रताड़ित appeared first on Latest News in Hindi.

‘राब्ता’ के सॉन्ग में सुशांत, कृति का रोमांटिक अंदाज, देखें वीडियो – Dew Media

मुंबई। सुशांत सिंह राजपूत और कृति से सेनन स्टारर ‘राब्ता’ के ट्रेलर के बाद अब इसका सॉन्ग रिलीज कर दिया गया है। इसमें सुशांत और कृति का रोमांटिक अंदाज देखा जा सकता है। सॉन्ग के बोल हैं- ‘इक वारी आ’।इस सॉन्ग को प्रीतम, अरिजीत सिंह और अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य ने गाया है। यह फिल्म 9 जून 2017 को रिलीज होने जा रही है। फिल्म में राजकुमार राव भी हैं, जो 324 साल के बूढ़े शख्स का किरदार निभा रहे हैं। The post ‘राब्ता’ के सॉन्ग में सुशांत, कृति का रोमांटिक अंदाज, देखें वीडियो appeared first on Latest News in Hindi.

सपा नेता की गुंडई, अधिकारी को ब्लैकमेल कर मांगी स्कॉर्पियो – Dew Media

बलिया। यूपी में समाजवादी पार्टी के सपा नेता की गुंडई का नज़ारा देखने को मिला बलिया में जहां सपा के सचिव ने बाढ़खंड के एक्सईएन पर हुई शिकायतों के एवज़ में स्कॉर्पियो के टॉप मॉडल की डिमांड कर डाली। सपा नेता की इस ब्लैकमेलिंग से परेशान अधिकारी ने फोन रिकार्डिंग और सीसीटीवी सबूत के साथ आरोपी नेता के खिलाफ एफआईआर दर्ज़ करा दी है और पुलिस इस पूरे मामले की जांच में जुटी है । कार नहीं तो कार की कीमत दे दो बलिया में सपा नेता की इस गुंडई की वजह है स्कॉर्पियो, जी हां नेता अधिकारी पर दबाव इसी लिए बना रहा है कि बदले में उसे कार मिल जाए। सिंचाई विभाग के अधिशासी अभियंता कुमार गौरव सपा के एक नेता से इस कदर परेशान है जो आए दिन उनके घर स्कॉर्पियों की डिमांड करने चला आता है। अधिशासी अभियंता कुमार गौरव के मुताबिक़ सपा के समाजवादी पिछड़ा वर्ग के प्रदेश सचिव रजनीश यादव बाढ़खंड बलिया में कराये गए कार्यों और भुगतान पर कई शिकायती पत्र दिए जिसके एवज़ में वो लगातार विभाग के अधिकारियों और कर्मचारियों पर दबाव बना रहे है की उन्हें स्कॉर्पियों दे दी जाए या उसके बराबर गाड़ी की कीमत। ऐसे में अधिकारी अगर डिमांड पूरी कर देगा तो वो शिकायती पत्र वापस ले लेंगे। पीड़ित अधिकारी ने आरोपी के खिलाफ कोतवाली बलिया में एफआईआर दर्ज़ करा दिया है। बलिया के पुलिस अधीक्षक का कहना है की पूरे मामले की जांच की जा रही है और दोषी के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की जाएगी। The post सपा नेता की गुंडई, अधिकारी को ब्लैकमेल कर मांगी स्कॉर्पियो appeared first on Latest News in Hindi.

कार मालिक विदेश में तो ड्राइवर ने कार से शुरु की चोरी – Dew...

गाजियाबाद। गाजियाबाद का इंदिरापुरम थाना कल पंखे का शोरुम लग रहा था। दरअसल पुलिस ने शोरुम से चोरी हुए पंखों की खेप बरामद की है और आरोपियों को गिरफ्तार कर लिया है। मामला इंदिरापुरम इलाके का है जहाँ से चोरी हुए पंखो को पुलिस ने बरामद कर लिया। दरअसल एक दिन पहले ये पंखे इंदिरापुरम इलाके से चोरी हो गए थे। मामले में पुलिस ने दो लोगो आसिफ और नफीस को पकड़ा है। इसमें आसिफ एक ड्राइवर है जिसके मालिक दिल्ली के शास्त्री भवन में कार्यरत हैं और फिलहाल थाईलेंड गए हुए हैं। लेकिन वो अपनी इनोवा कार को ड्राइवर की देखरेख में छोड़ गए थे। लेकिन ड्राइवर आसिफ ने इनोवा कार इस्तेमाल चोरी में किया। खबर के अनुसार, आरोपी अत्याधुनिक तरीके के औज़ार लेकर दूकान पर गया और शटर तोड़ दिया। लोगों को लगा की दूकान का कोई काम चल रहा है। इसके बाद आरोपी ने आराम से पूरा शोरुम साफ कर दिया। फिलहाल पुलिस ने घटना का खुलासा करते हुए दोनों आरोपियों को गिरफ्तार कर लिया है। वहीं जांच में पता चला है कि अधिकारी ने ड्राइवर का पुलिस वेरिफिकेशन भी नहीं कराया था। फिलहाल पुलिस मालिक के थाईलैंड से आऩे का इंतजार कर रही है। The post कार मालिक विदेश में तो ड्राइवर ने कार से शुरु की चोरी appeared first on Latest News in Hindi.

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Frederick Ponsonby: Cricketing peer, co-founder of I Zingari

Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough © Getty imagesThe family appears to have come over from North West England at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, having originally resided at Ponsonby, a parish in the Union of Whitehaven, Allerdale Ward, above Derwent, Cumberland. The family is reputed to have had one ancestor who had been appointed the Royal Barber to the court of King William I, a fact that is commemorated in the family crest in the form of 3 combs and a chevron symbolising the open razor that had once shaved the Royal cheeks. The family Motto reads Pro rege, legegrege, the free translation of which is “For the King, law and people. By the time this narrative begins, of course, the family had come a long way, no longer carrying out Royal tonsorial duties, the male members having themselves become Peers of the Realm. It was on September 11, 1815 that John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough, of Marylebone, London and his wife Lady Maria Fane, were blessed with a second son, christened in due course as Frederick George Brabazon. The young scion of the noble family was admitted to Harrow, in the Easter Midsummer semester of 1830. He played cricket in the Harrow first XI in 1832 and 1833, and is noted in the Harrow Register as having become a Monitor in 1833. He completed his Matriculation and left Harrow in January 1834. The archives show the Hon. Frederick Ponsonby (as he was known during his active playing days) playing 13 games for Harrow School between 1831 and 1834 (of which 7 were against MCC), principally as a right-handed batsman who batted in the lower-order. He appears to also have been an occasional wicketkeeper with 3 First-Class stumpings to show for it. He was not known to be a very heavy scorer, bagging a pair against traditional rivals Eton at Lord’s in 1832, and being dismissed for a duck in the only innings he batted in his other game against them, in 1833. During Ponsonby’s time in the Harrow first XI, the school was passing through a horrific run of defeats, the win against Winchester in 1833 being their first victory since 1822. The next step in the overall upbringing of the Ponsonby was admission to Trinity, Cambridge, on February 1, 1834. Ponsonby earned his Cricket Blue in 1836 and took his MA in 1837. It may be noted that he was a member of MCC from 1834, playing cricket for them while he was at Cambridge. He was admitted to Lincoln Inn for legal studies and training, and was called to the Bar on June 15, 1840. Ponsonby’s first game in the MCC colours appears to be a Second-Class match, ironically against his alma mater Harrow in 1834. He scored 9 and 8 and held a catch. He made his First-Class debut for Cambridge against Cambridge Town Club later that year. He scored 2 and 5 and the Town Club won the game by 10 wickets. Interestingly, playing for the Town Club was one Francis Phillips Fenner, and he took 8 wickets in the game. Fenner would become a well-known Cambridge and Hampshire cricketer in the years to come and would later establish a cricket ground in 1848 on land which he had himself leased. This ground, named FP Fenner’s Ground in his memory, is still used by Cambridge for all their home cricket matches. In a First-Class span of 1834 to 1856, Ponsonby played 67 matches (26 of these were for MCC), scoring 1,129 with a highest of 74 and an average of 10.96. He is seen to have scored 3 fifties and to have held 31 catches along with 3 stumpings. Of these, 26 were for MCC. Handbill for Gentlemen vs Players at Lord’s, 1841, a match that was possible only due to subscription raised by Frederick Ponsonby © Getty ImagesPonsonby entered the record books in 1842. Playing for MCC against Cambridge, he made one hit that fetched 9 runs in his first-innings score of 39. Scores & Biographies recorded the historic feat as “a hit to leg for 9, being one of the longest recorded in any match where there were no overthrows.” Ponsonby’s feat has since been eclipsed by the Derbyshire skipper Sammy Wood against the MCC at Lord’s in 1900 by a stroke that had resulted in 10. The match report states: “Wood, assisted by the net and an overthrow, scored 10 in one stroke off [Cuthbert] Burnup in the second innings. The revised net system was in use in this match.” Even so, Ponsonby’s 9 runs off a single delivery was the first of 14 such instance till date, and the only one that did not entail any overthrows. The match between Kent and England at Canterbury in 1841, a game England won by 74 runs, and a match where Francis Fenner was reputed to have scored 34 painstaking runs in about 5 dour and gritty hours in the England first-innings of 163 (Ponsonby contributing 30), proved to be the starting point of a novel show of talent of a different type on the part of the Hon. Frederick Ponsonby. In an article written by Lord Alistair Lexden and published in 2016, the author gives a fascinating insight into the events that ensued at Canterbury around the time that the above-mentioned game was played. Lord Lexden says: “For two weeks in August 1841, the city of Canterbury was en fete. Along with many other entertainments, the editor of a local newspaper wrote later: ‘The Tories had gained a great political triumph, and had succeeded in returning both members for the city to Parliament. The victory was celebrated with dinners and dances; there was a fancy bazaar, at which duchesses, marchionesses, countesses and baronesses kept the stalls.” The Kent vs England game had been witnessed by about 4,000 spectators, “including the leading county families”. In the words of Lexden: “The victory inspired the creation of an annual Canterbury Cricket Week (always spelt with capital letters) which only World Wars had the power to disrupt. From the start, the Week also provided a splendid daily diversion for those attending it: each evening theatrical entertainments of high standard were laid on by a company formed by some of the visiting cricketers and supplemented by friends with thespian talent.” The whole concept of these evening theatricals was mooted by one John Baker, a clergyman, local landowner and amateur cricketer. It seems that the success of the initial performances in a “rundown local theatre (recalled by the participants as a ‘den of dirt and distemper’)” led to a lasting bonding between the participants, led by members of the Ponsonby family, headed by the Hon. Frederick George Brabazon, and including his brother Spencer, both known to excel at amateur theatricals during their Cambridge days. The Hon. Frederick Ponsonby as Theophilus Pole (left) and the Hon. Spencer Ponsonby as Toby Tramp in the farce The Mummy staged by the Old Stagers in 1861. Photo courtesy: The Ricardo AlbumA contemporary media report read: “Many of the amateurs walked the stage with the grace and style of favourite professionals to whom they would bear comparison”. Inspired by the success of the evening theatrical entertainments, the participants were quick to find a name for the group: the Old Stagers. Still flourishing in England more than 170 years later, the Old Stagers, an enterprise inspired and founded by Frederick Ponsonby, is the oldest amateur dramatic society in the world. Since the group’s inception in 1842, their performances have become an integral part of the Canterbury Cricket Week celebrations through the years. The famous lime tree at St. Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, having been planted in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo, was already flourishing by the time the Canterbury Week and the Old Stagers came into being. The curtain rose on “the first performance of the Canterbury Amateurs” on August 1, 1842. Alfred Mynn was known to have been persuaded to become an active participant in these theatricals with the Old Stagers from 1847 till his death in 1861. There have been several nomadic cricket clubs in England over the years; the names of the Free Foresters, the Incogniti, the Cryptics, the Buccaneers, and the Arabs come to mind. The oldest of this genre of cricket clubs was undoubtedly the I Zingari. In his fascinating History of I Zingari, author WJ Bolland begins by saying: “An intoxicating combination of adrenaline and alcohol can be seen as largely responsible for the foundation of I Zingari on 4th July, 1845. After victory in a game against the school side at Harrow, William Bolland, Frederic and Spencer Ponsonby and R.P. Long had dinner at the Blenheim Hotel in Bond Street. Agreeing that much of the enjoyment of their victory stemmed from the fact that all eleven of them were amateurs, the friends decided that it would be sensible to found an amateur wandering club.” After long deliberations, the group of Old Harrovians decided that the itinerant cricket club would be named I Zingari (The Gypsies). The colours decided upon were Black, Red, and Gold, symbolising the Club Motto: “Out of darkness, through fire, into light.” It was decided that membership would be invitation only. The three founders of I Zingari. From left: Hon. Spencer Ponsonby, John Loraine Baldwin, Frederick Ponsonby © Getty ImagesA rough draft of the Rules of the Club was chalked out: “That the Entrance be nothing, and the Annual Subscription do not exceed the Entrance.” Bolland was elected Perpetual President, the title later being changed to Governor. It was this free spirit of amateur adventure and enjoyment of the game that has been the hallmark of the club ever since. The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1995, and the tradition continues with one match scheduled for I Zingari in the calendar for 2017, against Old Amplefordians at Ascot Park on September 10. An arm injury in 1843 imposed some restrictions on Ponsonby’s active participation in cricket to some extent. He repaid his debt to his old school by accepting an honorary coaching role and was instrumental in the recruitment of John Wisden as a bowling coach for the school in 1852. He was associated with MCC for a long period and was the perpetual Vice-President of Surrey County Cricket Club. He played his last First-Class game for the MCC against Sussex at Hove in 1856, bowing out of active cricket with a duck in his only innings. On January 28, 1880, upon the death of his elder brother John George, the 5th Earl of Bessborough, who had died without a male heir, the Hon. Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby succeeded to the title as 6th Earl of Bessborough. As a Parliamentarian and a Member of the House of Lords, he was nominated as a Member of the Commission to look into the Land System in Ireland (the family had large land holdings in county Kilkenny of Ireland) in 1880. On the basis of the report submitted by the Commission, known as the Bessborough Commission, Prime Minister William Gladstone initiated the Land Bill of 1881. The 6thEarl of Bessborough was never married. He passed away from bronchitis on March 11, 1895 at his residence at 45 Green Street, Mayfair, London, aged about 79. Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough, was laid to rest on the family estate of Pilltown, county Kilkenny, Ireland, eight days later. His will was proven (by probate) on June 25, at £114,984 gross and £68,920 net.He was succeeded by his brother Walter William, Rector of Canford Magna, Dorset.

IPL 2017: Dwayne Bravo of Gujarat Lions (GL) ruled out for the season

Dwayne Bravo did not play any of the six matches played by Gujarat Lions (GL) so far this season © IANSAfter suffering a hamstring injury earlier in 2016, followed by a surgery, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who plays for Gujarat Lions (GL), has been ruled out for the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Bravo has still not recovered completely to be eligible to play in the IPL 10 tournament. Gujarat owner Keshav Bansal confirmed the development on Twitter. Bravo did not play any of the six matches played by Gujarat so far this season. Following his exit from IPL 2017, he is also in doubts regarding his participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, slated to be held in England in June. With April 25 being the deadline for the announcement of the final 15-member squad for the tournament, chances looks bleak for the Trinidad and Tobago cricketer. Dwayne Bravo’s upcoming song to feature Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni? Earlier in December 2016, Bravo was ruled out of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2016-17 after he suffered a hamstring injury during a match against Perth Scorchers. Bravo sustained injury while trying to stop a boundary. Bravo held his hamstring as soon as he incurred pain. Bravo underwent a scan after he was stretchered off the field. He later underwent a surgery in January 2017. Meanwhile, Bravo has found quite a few ways to keep himself occupied in India. Apart from cricket, Bravo has made quite a name for himself in the entertainment industry in India. Going to miss this Champion! Unfortunately he has been ruled out this season due to injury! I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/XkKiMN9ojt — Keshav Bansal (@KeshavBansal08) April 23, 2017 Gujarat Lions earlier tweeted a video of Bravo and his younger half-brother Darren Bravo. In the video, both brothers can be seen talking about Dwayne’s upcoming song that features India’s current captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni. “We go over to India, India, India. I call up a boy named Kohli, Kohli Kohli. We tell him to WhatsApp Dhoni.” Soon after the stanza, both brothers were seen laughing at full strength.

Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica, Day 3, Preview: Search for...

In the limited time available, Mohammad Aamer seized the opportunity to take a five-for — his first since making his comeback in international cricket © AFPThe second day of the first Test between Pakistan and West Indies was heavily affected by rain, resulting in a mere 11.3 overs of cricket. In the limited time available, Mohammad Aamer seized the opportunity to take a five-for — his first since making his comeback in international cricket. At the other end, West Indies skipper Jason Holder scored 55 not out off 69 balls, defying Pakistan. By the time the day ended, West Indies had reached 278 for 9 after resuming the day at 244 for 7. Yasir Shah claimed 2 for 91, while Wahab Riaz and debutant Mohammad Abbas got a wicket apiece. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica Day Two had a lot of action in store. West Indies had resurrected their innings — they were 71 for 5 at one point on Day One — but a patient stand of 118-run stand between Roston Chase (63) and Shane Dowrich (56) rescued the hosts out. Yasir Shah struck against the run of play getting both Chase and Dowrich on consecutive deliveries. Pakistan had got the grip of the game yet again. At that stage the score read 189 for 7. Then Holder and Devendra Bishoo added 75 for the 8th wicket, frustrating the Pakistan bowlers. Pakistan had their opportunities of mopping up the tail, but missed chances cost them. Abbas looked dangerous with the new ball but that was it. Wahab has been wayward, often giving away runs and releasing the pressure. Untidy bowling has cost Pakistan, and will hurt them more if they allow Holder to score more runs on Day Three. Holder has already shown signs of cutting loose once Alzarri Joseph was cleaned up. Misbah-ul-Haq will have to end the innings. PAK vs WI, 1st Test, Day 1: Aamer, Abbas’ early damage, Wahab’s stunner and other highlights West Indies, on the other hand, will aim to make it past 300, which will definitely give them a mental boost. Their tail-enders have done a commendable job. It is likely that Holder goes away for big shots immediately on Day Three. With nothing to lose for West Indies, any run that comes on the third morning will be welcome. When it comes to their bowling, Gabriel and Joseph will be hoping to exploit the rain-hit pitch. We have already seen Aamer and Abbas do a splendid job with the new ball. If they get a couple of wickets in the first session, they will certainly be back in the match. Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 2: Mohammad Aamer shines with 5-for on a rain-hit day On the other hand, quick wickets will also bring Younis Khan (23 short of 10,000 Test runs) and Misbah (48 short of 5,000) coming in to bat in their final series. But having said this all, there is this maximum possibility of rain playing the perfect spoilsport on Day Three just the way it did yesterday. Brief scores: West Indies 278 for 9 (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Jason Holder 55*; Mohammad Aamer 5 for 41, Yasir Shah 2 for 91) vs Pakistan.
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