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Ranveer Singh reaches Odisha to attend Hockey World Cup opening ceremony, meets CM Naveen Patnaik

The mega tournament will begin on January 13 and will end on January 29. Moreover, this year a total of 16 teams in all will be split into four groups.

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Ranveer Singh reaches Odisha to attend Hockey World Cup opening ceremony, meets CM Naveen Patnaik

Actor Ranveer Singh met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today, where he will attend the Hockey World Cup Opening Ceremony. The opening ceremony will be held at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack this evening. Earlier the actor met CM Naveen Patnaik and photos of the meeting were shared by the CM on his Twitter handle.

Sharing three pictures of meeting Ranveer Singh, Naveen Patnaik wrote that it was pleasant meeting famous actor Ranveer Singh before the Hockey World Cup 2023 ceremony at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. CM further wrote that he is sure that his presence at the function will make it more attractive. CM Patnaik requested all to join in to celebrate the spirit of hockey.

In photographs, actor Ranveer Singh is seen presenting a jersey bearing his name to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the meeting. Several leaders including Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of many states will attend the mega hockey event to be held in Cuttack this evening.

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For the unversed, the Hockey World Cup will be held in two cities of Odisha. First state capital Bhubaneswar and second Rourkela. Naveen Patnaik has already announced that Rs 1 crore will be given to each player of the team if India wins the World Cup.

Moreover, this time the Indian squad is solely chosen based on the players’ performance and current form. There was no additional standard as reported by a selector for Hockey India.

Indian squad for Hockey World Cup

Krishan Bahadur Pathak and PR Sreejesh are the goalkeepers. Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, and Akashdeep Singh are all midfielders. Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek, and Sukhjeet Singh are the forwards.

The forthcoming Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup 2023 will begin at Birsa Munda international hockey stadium in Rourkela, India, and will further reach Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneshwar, India. The mega tournament will begin on January 13 and will end on January 29. Moreover, this year a total of 16 teams in all will be split into four groups. Each of the four groups will have 4-4 teams each.

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Karan Johar hails Anant Ambani’s Vantara initiative, here’s more about the project

Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara on Monday.

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Karan Johar thanked Anant Ambani for his new initiative, Vantara, on his Instagram post today. KJo discussed the program and the Ambani family’s deep-rooted passion for animals in this post.

Taking to Instagram, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai-director shared a video and said, with its foundation in a profound love for animals and wildlife in general, Anant Ambani’s Vantara effort only serves to confirm his faith in his compassion and commitment for the cause. Karan Johar also said Anant Ambani never dose anything half-hearted as he gave the world a more heart-ful space.

The Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani director said Vantara is not only about saving and caring for animals; it also strives to give them the greatest possible rehabilitation. The Vantara initiative, recently introduced by Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation, is dedicated to the rescue, medical attention, and rehabilitation of hurt, mistreated, and endangered animals, both domestically and overseas. The filmmaker extended his love and support to the entire Reliance group and also thanked them again for providing a safe space for wildlife.

What is Vantara Initiative?

On Monday, Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara, a broad program designed to save, caring for, treat, and rehabilitate wounded abused, and threatened animals both domestically and worldwide.

The project is regarded as the largest animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the world. It was the idea of Anant Ambani,who is on the boards of Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation.

Located across 3,000 acres, the animal refuge is situated in the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex and features a jungle-like environment that mimics the natural, enriching, lush and verdant habitat for the rescued species to thrive in. It is said that more than 2,000 rescued animals have been transported to the facility from all around the world and the country.

Meanwhile, Anant Ambani soon-to-be wife Radhika Merchant is also involved in this initiative.

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Sidhu Moosewala’s mother pregnant, baby due in March, fans compare real life to Ayushmann Khurrana’s Badhaai Ho

Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Punjab’s Mansa, in May 22.

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The parents of the late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala are expecting a second child. Sidhu’s mother, Charan Singh, underwent IVF treatment and was successful in conceiving a baby, the baby is due in March, according to family sources. The only child of the couple, Sidhu, was killed in May 2022.

It is said that Charan Singh is 58 years old, who is under medical care now, filed an affidavit in 2022 to serve as Sidhu’s replacement in the elections, she gave her age as 56. Sidhu was contesting from Mansa.

Meanwhile, as soon as this news came to light, netizens started to compare Moosewala’s mother to Ayushmann Khurrana’s film Badhaai Ho, in which Ayushmann Khurrana’s charter’s mother, played by Neena Gupta, also gets pregnant at a late age. Several memes surfaced online saying this is real-life Badhaai Ho.

In May 2022, Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Mansa, Punjab. He was reportedly shot by six gunmen while traveling in a jeep to Jawaharke village in Mansa, which is 10 kilometers from the singer’s hometown of Moosa, with his cousin and a friend.

The Punjab Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) is currently investigating his death conspiracy. The team has filed charges against 32 accused, including the gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, Goldy Brar, and Lawrence Bishnoi.

A candle march was held in Sidhu’s memory in Mansa. To demand justice for the late singer, a large number of his fans and friends came to Moosa village to take part in the candle march. Sidhu’s mother was also there at the march. In Jawahar Ke village, a gurdwara was the venue for prayers in honor of the deceased singer.

Famous singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh once discussed in an interview about  Moosewala’s parents and how they must be suffering following the death of their son in 2022. He also mentioned how, in the past, artists had frequently been murdered.

Among many other hits, the singer-turned-politician was best known for songs like So High, Same Beef, The Last Ride, Just Listen, and 295.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, says he was a beacon of Indian music

Singer Pankaj Udhas passed away today at Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai, due to prolonged illness.

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Legendary Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passed away at the age of 72 on Monday. The singer was suffering with age-related health issues. His daughter Nayaab Udhas confirmed the news of his death on social media.

Taking to social media, his family issued an official statement saying, with a very heavy heart, they inform the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the veteran singer as he posted a special note for Pankaj Udhas. Recalling him, the PM said, he was a beacon of Indian music, whose melodies transcended generations. His departure leaves a void in the music world that can never be filled, the PM added.

Udhas, who gained recognition as a playback singer in Hindi films such as Naam, Saajan, and Mohra, passed away at the Breach Candy hospital at around 11 am today, as per a source close to the family .

On knowing about the sudden demise of Pankaj Udhas, his fans and many Bollywood celebrities paid their tribute to the veteran singer through different social media handle.

Taking to Instagram, singer Sonu Nigam posted his picture and said, he lost his one of the most important part of his childhood today. Sonu also said he will miss him forever and knowing that he is no more his heart cries out. Concluding his post he thanked Pankaj Udhas for being there.

Shankar Mahadevan said he is shocked by this news as it is a terrible loss to music industry.

Singer Anup Jalota took to X, to express his grief. He shareda post and said, music legend and his friend passed away. Jalota also said, he extends his heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Meanwhile, Pankaj Udhas was from a well-known Gujarati music family. He was the youngest of the three brothers and was born in Jetpur, Gujarat. Manhar Udhas, his older brother, was also a playback singer in the film industry. He started his carrer by learning tabla before moving on to study Hindustani vocal classical music under Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahab. After that, he received training at the renowned Gwalior Gharana.

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