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From ex-Prez Pranab Mukherjee, a message on dissent, protests and consensus

The wave of peaceful protests that have gripped the country shall enable deepening India’s democratic roots, former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday. Mukherjee’s remarks are seen in the context of protests that started after the ruling NDA coalition at the Centre pushed the Citizenship Amendment Act through Parliament last month. He did not specify the citizenship law in his address but hardly left anyone in doubt either.

Edouard Manet: Carving a niche in art history

Born in Paris on January 23, 1832 to Eugenie-Desiree Fournier, the daughter of a diplomat and Auguste Manet, a judge. Although his father wanted him to pursue a career in law, young Edouard Manet developed the desire to become an artist. . In 1841, he enrolled in the College Rollin secondary school. Four years later, Manet enrolled in a drawing course wherein he met Antonin Proust, who became minister of fine arts and lifelong friend.

Sivaramakrishnan, Chauhan, Khurasiya apply for BCCI National selector’s post

Former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has applied for a position in the national selection panel along with former off-spinner Rajesh Chauhan and left-handed batsman Amay Khurasiya. All the three former India internationals have confirmed to PTI that they are offering their candidature for a place in the selection committee. The last date for applying is Friday, January 24. The BCCI will be replacing MSK Prasad (South Zone) and Gagan Khoda (Central Zone) from the current committee while Sarandeep Singh (North Zone), Jatin Paranjpe (West Zone) and Devang Gandhi (East Zone) will be continuing for one more season.

India football captain Sunil Chhetri says 20,000 grass pitches required to end use of artifical turf

PUNE Sunil Chhetri is not less of an idol when it comes to football in India. The India football captain was in the city on Thursday to launch the a sports performance enhancing data analytics system at the Global Indian International School at Balewadi on Thursday. Chhetri is currently playing in the ISL for Bengaluru FC. Amidst a freewheeling interaction with students, Chhetri took on questions from Jigar Hindocha, offering a broad view of football in India.

‘Option A or Option B’: KKR bowler responds after Michael Vaughan urges Tom Banton to skip IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowler Harry Gurney has responded to former England captain Michael Vaughan after the latter urged hot shot young batsman Tom Banton to skip this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Banton is one of the most exciting stars in the shortest format and has made his name with his exploits in England (Somerset) and now in Australia in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL). He was snapped up by KKR for the upcoming season for his base price of Rs 1 crore in the IPL 2020 auction.

Kiara Advani says she never looked at Kabir Singh as a hero in any manner

Last year’s blockbuster, Kabir Singh surely changed the course of her career. Since then, Kiara Advani has been on a roll with several big-ticket films and another major hit (Good Newwz; 2019) under her belt. But even now, the actor gets questioned about the Shahid Kapoor-starrer and her ‘submissive, weak’ character in it even as a section of people felt that the film endorsed toxic masculinity. Kiara, on her part, is clear that she “didn’t look at him (Kabir) as a hero in any manner”.

Analysis| Is India becoming less democratic?

As India prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of its majestic Constitution that empowered “We the people” on Sunday (January 26) , its democratic credentials have come under less than flattering scrutiny. The 2019 Democracy Index report of the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released on January 22 placed India at the 51st spot, marking a sharp drop of 10 places from the previous year’s rankings.

Lit cigarettes, Boy George: Stars flaunt Jean Paul Gaultier creations for designer’s ‘funeral’ finale in Paris

Jean Paul Gaultier bade farewell to the catwalk on Wednesday in typically riotous style, as models performed jigs at his show, an actress sauntered down the runway smoking a cigarette and singer Boy George took part in a mock funeral sequence. The affable French designer, who has long cultivated an image as the ‘enfant terrible’ of the fashion world, announced last week the runway display would be his last after 50 years in the business. The 67-year-old designer brought a large dose of his irreverent humour to the show, as well as outlandish creations, from a futuristic bridal dress worn by model Karlie Kloss to a poppy-clad headdress sported by Spanish actress Rossy de Palma. Dozens of male and female models – including burlesque star Dita Von Teese and drag queen Violet Chachki – took part in the extravaganza at the Châtelet theatre in Paris. Many showcased famous Gaultier looks, from bustiers echoing one designed for singer Madonna’s 1990 stage shows, to trompe l’oeil shirt dresses and Breton striped sailor patterns. Gaultier has yet to detail his plans. On Wednesday he said only that he would keep working in some way within the fashion world, but no longer with the same restrictions, such as putting on regular catwalk shows, and with a focus on fun projects.