Tamil Film 'Visaranai' To Represent India At Oscars 2017
- Filmmaker Vetrimaaran's crime thriller "Visaranai" on 23 September 2016 beat competition from films like "Bajirao Mastani" and "Fan" to become India's official entry to the Oscars next year in the best foreign film category.
- The movie, which won three honours at this year's National Film Awards, has been produced by actor Dhanush. "We selected "Visaranai" on the basis of concept, treatment and technique. There were other good films like "Sairat", "Bajirao Mastani", "Sultan", "Fan", "Airlift" and "Udta Punjab".
- There was a Bengali film also in the race. The decision was unanimous," filmmaker Ketan Mehta, chairman of the selection committee of Film Federation of India, told PTI. There were total 29 films in the competition, FFI secretary general Supran Sen said. "Visaranai" is based on the novel "Lock Up" by M Chandrakumar.
Indian Shooters Finish 2nd In Junior World Cup
- Lakshaya and Kismat Chopra and Manavaditya Singh Rathore on 23 September 2016 bagged the team bronze in the Men's Trap event as India ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup with a total of 24 medals to grab the second place in the overall standings.
- India finished with a total of nine gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals as the year's second and final Junior World Cup concluded here today. Manavaditya, qualified for the individual Bronze medal match-up in the event, being part of two shoot-offs in the lead up, but had to be contended with fourth place eventually, coming second-best to Italy's Matteo Marongiu.
- Lakshaya and Kismat and Manavaditya bagged the team Bronze in the Men's Trap when together they shot a total of 347 out of the possible 375 hits. Italy shot 360 to win Gold while Australia finished a point ahead of India to claim Silver.
- Earlier both Manavaditya and Lakshaya were tied in fifth place, with two other shooters on a score of 118 at the end of the qualifying round of 125 shots each. Only six shooters qualify for the final rounds. In the ensuing shoot-off Manavaditya and a Chinese shooter, Chengjiang Liu, were on target with their first two shots and qualified.
India Falter After Solid Start
- India frittered away a solid start as a middle-order collapse saw them reduced to 291 for 9 on the opening day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand despite half-centuries from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, here on 23 September 2016.
- After electing to bat in the historic 500th Test, India were comfortably placed at 154 for riding on 112-run second wicket stand between Vijay (65) and Pujara (62). However, a disciplined bowling effort complemented by some inept shot selection by middle and lower order saw four wickets for 16 runs after the second new ball was taken.
- Rohit Sharma (35) once again got a start only to throw it away at the fag end of the day. Ravichandran Ashwin was well set before being dismissed to a brilliant delivery from Trent Boult. While left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (3/77) rocked the top-order, it was Boult, who looked menacing with the second new ball finishing with figures of 3/57 in 17 overs. All his wickets during the last 10 overs of the day. Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 11 at the end of the day with Umesh Yadav (8).
- The Green Park track was not a rank turner on the first day itself but it did offer some assistance to the spinners. The Kiwis fielded three spinners - Santner, offie Mark Craig and leg-break bowler Ish Sodhi, who bowled 59 out of the 90 overs.
- India were comfortably placed at 154 for 1 after losing KL Rahul (32) but lost four wickets in gap of 15 overs, spread over two sessions to get into the backfoot. Rohit (35) and Ashwin (40) combined for a fighting 52-run stand for the sixth wicket.
- In an important phase in his Test career, Rohit was expected to fire and he showed some early promise before trying to chip one off Santner over mid-on but was holed out by Sodhi. The other two Indian batsmen who played poor shots were skipper Virat Kohli (9) who fell for Neil Wagner's short ball mistiming a pull-shot.
Test Captains Felicitated Before Start of 500th Test
- Former captains including Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, MS Dhoni and Kapil Dev, were felicitated by the BCCI before the start of India's 500th Test here on 23 September 2016.
- Uttar Pradesh governor presented mementos and shawl to former captains before the start of the first Test between India and New Zealand. Besides Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Dhoni and Kapil, the other former India Test captains who were honoured were Ajit Wadekar, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, K. Srikkanth and Mohammad Azharuddin.
- Current captain Virat Kohli too was honoured. IPL chief Rajeev Shukla and BCCI president Anurag Thakur were part of the function. A dinner was organised yesterday night in the honour of captains and it was also attended by the Indian team. (PTI) India"s former test captains pose for a group photo with dignitaries after a felicitation to mark the 500th cricket test of the team in Kanpur on 22 September 2016.
Terror Suspects Spotted Near Uran, Manhunt On
- A high alert was sounded along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas on 23 September 2016 after a group of men were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district, leading to multi-agency search operations by multiple agencies.
- "As per the reports, five to six persons were sighted in Pathan suits and appeared to be carrying weapons and backpacks," Naval spokesman Cdr Rahul Sinha said in a statement. Some reports said they were in military uniform.
- The alert, which comes four days after the Uri attack which left 18 soldiers dead, has led to elite forces like National Security Guard (NSG), state police's specialised commandos Force One and ATS being roped in for the search and security, highly placed police sources said.
- The Navy pressed its choppers for aerial surveillance and heightened patrolling in the sea by its vessels and high-speed boats. Some children from Uran Education Society's school first spotted the suspects, and their teacher informed the police, the police said, adding none of them have been traced.
- The Western Naval Command (WNC) issued a "highest state of alert" along the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad coasts where several sensitive establishments and assets are located.