Fiji win for Cyclone victims

first_imgHaving not won since the opening tournament in Dubai, two tries from Kitione Taliga and one from Savenaca Rawaca plus three crucial conversions from Vatemo Ravouvou proved the difference in front of 25,981 on a windy day in Las Vegas with the players dedicating the win to those back home.”One week after Cyclone Winston struck we went back into camp and all the players said we were going to play here in Vegas,” said captain Osea Kolinisau.”I reminded the boys this week that we needed to remember the people back home who were victims of Cyclone Winston and that we needed to give them something to be happy about after all the devastation. To come up against Australia like that was tough, but we said 10 minutes is a long time and all we needed to do was to get back the ball to have a chance to win.”In a pulsating final Sam Myers begun proceedings before captain Ed Jenkins and Cameron Clark took their lead to 15-0 at half-time, but three missed conversions proved costly for the Australians who finished runners-up for a second successive tournament. Fiji’s win gives them a five point lead at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings ahead of South Africa (86) and New Zealand (82) at the halfway stage of the 2015-16 series with Australia in fourth.Hosts USA finished fourth in Las Vegas after losing to South Africa in the third place play-off and sit fifth in the overall standings. ALL BLACKS FINISH FIFTH Fresh from two Cup wins on the trot, New Zealand had to settle for the Plate this time round after beating Japan 27-7.All Blacks Sevens stalwart DJ Forbes got Sir Gordon Tietjens’ side off to a flyer with an early try, which was further added to by Kurt Baker who weaved his way through the Japanese defence to dot down. Lewis Ormond added a third try for New Zealand to make it 15-0 at half time, and his side were soon 22-0 up after Forbes bagged his second try of the game. Kameli Soejima scored Japan’s only try of the half, but after New Zealand’s Beaudein Waaka powered over in the left hand corner it was game over for Japan. SILVERWARE FOR WALES IN BOWLWales proved too strong for France in the Bowl final as they ran in four tries to win 28-14 in Nevada.Captain Luke Trehane sped away from the French defence to get the first points on the board for Wales and then set up the second score for Tom Isaacs to make it 0-14.France came back into the game immediately through Sofiane Guitone, to make it 7-14, but it was a short lived comeback as Ethan Davies scooted off the back of a scrum to increase the Welsh lead.Davies then turned provider for Luke Morgan, and with just over a minute left there was suddenly a 21 point gap putting the game out of reach. A late consolation try from Guitoune made it 14-28 at the final whistle.SAMOA SHIELD IN VEGASSamoa walked away with the Shield after beating Canada 24-12.Despite going behind early on thanks to a quick try from Canada’s Mike Fuailefau’s, Samoa found their rhythm with an immediate response from superstar Samoa Toloa. It was all square at the break, 12-12, and the match was in the balance before Toloa again stepped on the gas to grab Samoa a seven point advantage.Alefosio Tapili finished off the game with a late try to gift the Pacific islanders some silverware at the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens.last_img read more

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Another casualty: Lenglet saw the fifth yellow and will not go to Mallorca

first_imgClement Lenglet will not play in Mallorca this Saturday (6:30 pm). The Frenchman, who was warned of penalty, saw the card in the 16th minute of the match for a foul to Portu. It is his fifth card in the cycle, which means he will not be able to play the next game.After being substitute in the important matches against Naples and Real Madrid, Lenglet had regained ownership. But he exposed himself too soon with that card and will miss a game again next week. Who knows if that could benefit him to play, rested, against Naples in the return of the eighth Champions. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 7, 2020last_img

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Mourners Told God Won’t Forget Deeds on Earth

first_imgMourners celebrating the home-going of the late Mother Elizabeth G. Patten were told last Saturday at the First ACFI Church in New Kru Town, Monrovia that God will not forget anything they do on earth. Senior Pastor, Elder Augustus D. Kumeh, in his discourse, referenced the Biblical story of the rich man and Lazarus, and declared, “The things we do on earth will not remain here when we die, because we will see the results before God.” Making several biblical references, Pastor Kumeh told the over three hundred mourners and sympathizers to begin to practice good neighborliness by clothing and feeding those who seek them as much as they are able to do for each other.  He said there are many who refuse to empathize with their fellow believers, and others who avoid those who are sick.Pointing out that the late Mother Pattern paid her dues to the Lord and her fellow human beings, he urged the mourners not to forget that there is a penalty to all that is done on earth.  Mother Pattern was a faithful member of the church, who diligently served the church and her fellow human beings.  “When your friend is sick do you identify with him?” he asked, then added, “Whatever you do, remember the story of the rich man and Lazarus.” Pastor Kumeh explained about people who are physically and spiritually dead in the Lord Jesus Christ, and warned that this is the time to make a change and that time is while we have life and are able to do it. “There are people here who don’t associate with any church,” Pastor Kumeh observed, “and there are those believers who don’t live the life of Christ.”  He appealed to them to know and bring Jesus into their lives,  “Remember that Pay Day is coming,” the pastor reminded his audience.  “On that day, where will you be?” he asked.  Families and friends paid emotional tributes to the memory of the late Mother Patten and the service was enriched with comforting Kru and English gospel songs of praise and thanksgiving. Interment followed right after the service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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225 homeless women, kids to go to center

first_imgDespite opposition from residents, the Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday approved plans for the Union Rescue Mission to begin transferring about 225 homeless women and children from Skid Row to a center in Sylmar. The commission voted 4-0 to approve the conditional use permit for the 78-acre Hope Gardens transitional housing facility, previously known as the Foresters Haven retirement home. Commissioner Pat Modugno, appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, abstained from voting, saying he had a potential conflict of interest because he works for the Hilton Foundation, which makes contributions to organizations like the mission. “We are looking at the victims of society’s neglect and this is a way to give them a second chance,” Commissioner Wayne Rew said. Mission President Andy Bales said he was relieved by the commission’s vote, noting that delays have cost the mission about $1.5 million in funds that could have been spent to help the homeless. “It doesn’t mean we’re all the way there, but it’s a great step,” Bales said. Shadow Hills attorney Maria J. Mejia, who is representing residents opposed to the facility, declined to comment on whether residents would appeal the commission’s vote to the Board of Supervisors. The plan has generated considerable opposition from residents of Kagel Canyon and other parts of the northeast San Fernando Valley. Residents said they feared that children might go into the nearby woods to smoke, which could start a fire in an area that hasn’t burned since 1975. Residents also said they were worried about falling property values and whether the homeless women – many of whom are victims of domestic abuse and have substance-abuse problems – would attract drug dealers and criminals to the area. “If there is a fire in that area, there are only two access points for 1,000 people,” Mejia said. “There is a difference between the 25 senior women who are there now and the 225 women and children you plan to bring up there. That needs to be reviewed. But that has not been done with the shortcut of a categorical exemption.” Late last year, county officials waived a potentially lengthy environmental review for the facility, exempting the mission from the process because the facility will be used in a way that is similar to its previous use. In response to residents’ concerns, Kim Szalay, senior regional planning assistant for the Department of Regional Planning, said the county is requiring the mission to abide by a draft residential-care program that among other things requires it to hire security guards. Supporters of the project said it will provide some of the 1,600 homeless women and children on Skid Row a safer home. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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PRINGLE: ‘I’LL GO TO JAIL RATHER THAN PAY HOUSEHOLD CHARGE’

first_imgDONEGAL South West TD Thomas Pringle today repeated his claim that he will not pay the household charge as he launched a new hotline number offering advice to those opposed to the €100 bill.The number is 1890 98 98 00. Callers will be advised on how to handle the issue. Volunteers will staff it.The ‘Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes’ group has also revealed it hopes one million people will refuse to pay the charge through holding public meetings in every major town in the country. Deputy Pringle said the number of people joining their campaign was increasing all the time and he said the rest of the country was taking heart from the stance in Co Donegal.“People are saying they are not going to be frightened by what the Government is saying, and the threats they are making against people who refuse to register,” he said.“Once the weapon of fear has been removed from the Government, the Government has no other weapon in its armoury and people are willing to stand up and be counted and they are going to not register and bnot pay the household tax, or the septic-tank charge,” he said.  © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comPRINGLE: ‘I’LL GO TO JAIL RATHER THAN PAY HOUSEHOLD CHARGE’ was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldaily.comHOUSEHOLD CHARGEThomas Pringle TDlast_img read more

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Diddy visits cancer patient

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I was just so choked up – she was so excited,” Ava Keen said. Evert’s annual event has raised more than $13 million to fight drug abuse and help neglected and abused children in south Florida. Comedian Jon Lovitz, supermodel Frederique Van Der Wal, tennis star Sebastien Grosjean, NBC news anchor Stone Phillips, singer Michael W. Smith and actor Alan Thicke also attended the event. – Associated Press Sean “Diddy” Combs made a surprise visit to Chris Evert’s charity tennis tournament in Delray Beach, Fla., to meet a teenage cancer patient. For Chalon Keen, 17, of Sunrise, who has been fighting for two years a cancer that creates tumors in her muscle cells, Saturday’s visit was a dream come true. Chalon, a patient at the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General Medical Center, met Combs through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ava Keen, Chalon’s mother, said her daughter cried the whole time. The meeting lifted the teen’s spirits as she and her family prepared to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to undergo tests for a possible bone marrow transplant. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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UN resolves to enhance ties with AU

first_img13 January 2012The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to enhance ties between the UN and regional organisations, particularly the African Union.Resolution 2033, adopted in New York on Thursday, urges the UN and the African Union (AU) to work closely together in the areas of prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa.It was approved after an initiative by South Africa, led by President Jacob Zuma, who was in New York to oversee the country’s assumption of the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of January.Zuma said he was happy that other countries had heard the message and unanimously supported calls to strengthen the relations between the UN and regional bodies, particularly the AU.“While we are pleased with the current relations between the two bodies, we also feel that we can deepen them further for better co-ordination when it comes to dealing with issues affecting our continent,” Zuma said. “We want the views of the African Union to be respected by the UN.”Africa not a ‘playground’ for global interestsZuma chaired the Security Council summit debate on “Strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations, in particular the African Union, in the maintenance of international peace and security.”During the debate, Zuma strongly urged the Security Council to avoid a situation such as the one which transpired during the conflict in Libya last year, in which the 1973 Resolution of the UN Security Council was largely abused in some specific respects.Zuma further warned that Africa should never again be a playground for furthering the interests of other regions, as had happened during the Cold War.“Conflicts in Africa will be manageable if they are not promoted or aided from outside the continent,” he said.Call for Security Council reformHe also repeated his call for the fundamental reform of the UN Security Council to become more representative and legitimate.Earlier, Zuma co-chaired the 6th Session of the Global Sustainability Panel with President Tarja Halonen of Finland.The panel dealt with issues of sustainable development, a sustainable economy and strengthening institutional governance, as well as strengthening the panel as a means of accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.Outcomes adopted by the Panel will be released to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and also feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Rio in June.Zuma also held bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on the margins of these high-level meetings.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Exceeding the Energy Code

first_imgSTEP 8: EXCEEDING THE ENERGY CODE (IECC)Code: N1101.8 A code official or local jurisdiction is permitted to allow a national, state, orlocal green-building or energy-efficiency program to exceed the energy efficiency required by the IRC or IECC. A building approved in writing by such a program will be considered compliant.What it means to you: This update ensures that builders who use LEED, Energy Star, or a local green-building program may be able to comply with all energy-code provisions of the IRC and IECC. The above code provision allows a building official to deem the energy-efficient program as exceeding the energy efficiency required by the code. The value of this provision is that while the energy requirements of both the IRC and the IECC change, other programs initiated by cities, counties, and states sometimes do not—at least not at the same pace. Builders can disregard the energy requirements of the code only if the locality has approved the alternative program.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency, like air sealing measures and increased insulation, but also address sustainable building practices, like moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: InsulationPart 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarders 9 Steps to A Greener CodeNew homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As a consequence, a builder’s world may become a bit more complex and, in some cases, a bit more expensive. last_img read more

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Fixing’ fears kept ICC on its toes this World Cup

first_imgThere are rumours that the India-Pak semi-final came under the scanner.The world Cup final will be played today, just five days ahead of the 11th anniversary of the Hansie Cronje matchfixing revelation made by the Delhi Police. While the game has moved on since 2000, with Twenty20 format and ‘Dil Scoop’ shots having come to stay, the stain of match-fixing hasn’t completely vanished.Even as the World Cup final is played in Mumbai, the sleuths of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), besides several Indian lawenforcement agencies, are on the alert to crack down on those involved in betting on the game. Some people are quietly claiming that the India-Pakistan semi-final on Wednesday was under the shadow of doubt, but as always no proof is forthcoming.Since April 7, 2000, when KK Paul, then joint commissioner of Delhi Police, announced that South Africa captain Cronje (he has since died) and some of his teammates were involved in fixing a One-day International series against India in March 2000, stakes in the game have risen at a mind boggling rate.With millions and millions of dollars at stake in the sport and with the ICC and other agencies keeping a close eye on players and those around them, there is strict vigilance all the time.But people involved in the fixing business have changed some nomenclature, with spot- fixing and spread-betting becoming the more fashionable words.Even during this World Cup doubts were raised over a few individual and team performances, but the ICC, which now has a pro-active and independent anti-corruption setup, was quick to deny any wrongdoing.advertisementOff the field, several cases of illegal betting have been busted by the Indian police during the World Cup and even on a global stage some people still approach/ lure players as was evident in the Mazhar Majeed case involving members of the Pakistani team during a series in England last year.For the ongoing World Cup, almost the entire ICC ACSU team has been camping in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, keeping a close watch on the matches and goings-on surrounding them. But members of ACSU are not ready to speak on their success rate. When contacted, Ravi Sawani, general manager and chief investigator, ACSU, excused himself, saying that he was not allowed to speak to the media. “I apologise for not being able to speak on this. My remit says that I cannot speak to the press,” he said.Even the BCCI’s permanent security advisor Ranjit Kumar Das, a retired police officer, isn’t willing to comment. “Even if I am happy, I am not authorised to share it with the press,” he said.Under Jagmohan Dalmiya’s presidentship, the ICC constituted Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) – it later became ACSU – with British top cop Paul Condon heading it. “The ACU is a well organised setup. And in the past some international sports federations, including tennis, benefitted after studying ICC’s anti-corruption template.Sawani’s predecessor at ACSU, Jeff Rees, a former British police officer, joined as director of the world tennis bodies’ Tennis Integrity Unit to check corruption in the sport,” a former ICC top official told Mail Today . KK Paul, who joined the Union Public Service Commission after retiring as Delhi police commissioner, said he follows the game but not the developments in match-fixing or betting. ” What I can say is that Condon interacted with me in Delhi a few times when I was in the service,” said the man who never misses a game of cricket and will be watching the final too.===Large-hearted Kapil never fails his friends Legendary Kapil Dev’s fans know him as a talented all-rounder and the man who captained India to the World Cup title in 1983. Now a successful businessman, Kapil is involved several other projects.But he hasn’t forgotten his friends from his playing days, especially those who played with him for Haryana. Wicketkeeper Salim Ahmed, who took many catches off Kapil’s famous outswingers, received a boost a few days ago when the former India captain promised to help the students of DNS College of Engineering & Technology in Amroha, near Delhi, get jobs after graduating from the institution Ahmed has established.”Kapil met students of my college and promised them that he would help them find jobs once they complete their education. We have been friends for many years and I know Kapil always lives up to his promise,” Ahmed told Mail Today .===Help thy neighbour When will Bangladesh play their first Test match on Indian soil? Almost 11 years ago they got the elite status, with the BCCI – more specifically, Jagmohan Dalmiya as ICC president – leading the campaign. But since then successive BCCI set-ups, which include Dalmiya as board president (2001- 2004), have given them a royal ignore.advertisementIt’s an open secret that when Dalmiya was staking his claim for the post of ICC president, he needed votes of member countries and apparently promised Bangladesh goodies (read exposure through matches and other help).But once he ascended to the ICC throne (1997-2000) and even later when he became BCCI president, Bangladesh remained isolated. They last played a match in India almost 13 years ago.An indebted Bangladesh Cricket Board is too overawed of the BCCI, to ask the big brother to invite its team to play with the Indian team. When asked about his anomaly, BCB senior vice-president Mahbubul Anam said: “We are talking to them for a series.” He hardly sounded convincing.===Chappell’s wife turns nostalgic Wednesday’s India-Pakistan semi-final made many people turn nostalgic and recall the Indian team’s tours of Pakistan in 2004 and 2006. On the second tour, Indian team coach Greg Chappell’s wife Judith accompanied him and thoroughly enjoyed it and even made a scrap book on the tour. Among the souvenirs she collected during that tour was a half-smoked cigar of the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who had left it in the ashtray during a match he came to watch.Judith can still recall a sight that is firmly etched on her mind. “Travelling in the Indian team bus from Lahore to Faisalabad, we were thrilled to see the excitement of the local people lining the road into town. One moment, in particular, stood out for its poignancy and humour.In the crowd a man with a big, toothless grin on his face, standing proudly at the rear of his empty, horse- pulled cart waved at us as the traffic policeman himself let us know that all was well just by the expression in his eyes and bearing the widest grin on his face,” she recalls. “In a split second of my noticing this, Sachin Tendulkar turned around to face Greg and I with a twinkle in his eye.He too had seen the joyous, excited welcome of this man towards the Indian team – one of many wonderful moments which endeared us to the people of Pakistan.”last_img read more

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Superstar Anand’s tragic ‘safar’ ends

first_imgO Mere Dil Ke Chaen, Chaen Aaye Mere Dil Ko Dua Kijiye – as Rajesh Khanna sashayed in his sports car, scarf flowing from his neck, shades in place, crooning Kishore Kumar’s mellifluous melody in Mere Jeevan Saathi, lakhs of Indian women missed a heart beat.Yes, ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ or ‘Chingari Koi Badke’ also symbolised RK, but for me the abiding image of Rajesh Khanna will always remain ‘O Mere Dil Ke Chaen.’ It captured India’s first megastar in all his many-splendoured glory. Rajesh Khanna was a true blue superstar, a demigod who embodied the characteristics of two legends of the yesteryear – the romanticism, flair and chutzpah of Dev Anand and the tragi-histrionic abilities of Dilip Kumar.BlockbusterIn the five-year span which saw him emerge as B-Town’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, or Kaka as he was known in the industry, was all the rage, until he was supplanted by the Paul Muni-baritoned Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Haram. In fact, at the premiere of Namak Haram at Mumbai’s Liberty cinema, Khanna in his candour told director Hrishi-da – ‘My time is up, the new superstar has arrived,’ pointing to his co-star – Bachchan.Khanna was tutored in the art of acting by PD Shenoy, the principal of the Filmalaya School of Acting (Sadhana, Sanjeev Kumar and Asha Parekh also emerged from the same stable). Found in a talent hunt, but a prestigious one – the United Producers Filmfare Contest – Khanna’s initial spurt in Hindi cinema was well-served by this axis. Chetan Anand cast him in Aakhri Khat, but GP Sippy launched him first in Raaz. The United Producers, in many ways, laid the grand edifice of Rajesh Khanna’s undisputed suzerainty.advertisementHe did Ittefaq with BR Chopra; the film was directed by Yash Chopra, who would cast him again in Daag. He did the smash hit Aradhna with Shakti Samanta who used him again in Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Anuraag, Anurodh, Ajnabee and Mehbooba. GP Sippy cast him again in Aan Milo Sajna and Andaz. He did Khamoshi with Hemant Kumar, which was directed by Asit Sen, who later repeated him in Safar. He did Do Raaste with Raj Khosla, who then cast him in Prem Kahani, Aap Ki Kasam and Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka with J Om Prakash and Baharon Ke Sapne with Nasir Husain very early on. As many as 15 blockbuster hits simply rolled off the conveyor belt. With Hrishi-da, he made many memorable and acclaimed films – Anand, Bawarchi, Namak Haram. His ouevre being a combination of stylish romantic and the emotionally high-strung tragic heroes. Personally, he was egotistical, whimsical and completely paranoid about failure.ChangeTowards the mid-1970s, a new breed of filmmaking crept in quietly. It was symptomatic of the times. The air was all-pervasive with hoarding, black marketing and smuggling. In 1972, Khanna enacted one such role in Apna Desh, a remake of 1969 Tamil hit Nam Naadu, with one of his favourite heroines Mumtaz. It was the age of Emergency, which ushered in new acronyms – SITA, Cofeposa, FERA – all dreaded and dangerous. Yes, Amitabh Bachchan arrived as the first anti-hero, capturing the essence of the time and place, blazing away with hands and legs; Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay and innumerable more hits. This was a defining moment in Rajesh Khanna’s career. The presiding holy trinity of Hindi cinema – Rajesh Khanna, RD Burman and Kishore Kumar – saw a churn, the latter two stayed and Bachchan replaced Khanna.The King was dead, all hailed the new King. It is said that in RD Burman’s music room, Rajesh Khanna’s portrait was hung on the wall, such was the bond between the two. It began with ‘Roop Tera Mastana,’ a zingy and peppy new song in Aradhana though credited to an ailing SD Burman, but actually composed by RD Burman. This was a conjoined relationship, one that delivered hit after hit – RD’s music, Kishore’s playback and RK mouthing the lines in his inimitable style.UnforgettableIt is said that RK, or Kaka, was extremely conscious of his posterior, which used to protrude out. So Baldev Pathak, who used to run a boutique in Colaba called Shriman, designed what came to be known as the ‘Guru’ kurta for RK, a trademark which epitomised the star. As a child one saw everything that Khanna put on celluloid, from Haathi Mere Saathi, to his faceoff with Meena Kumari in Dushman, from his mush in Daag, to “I hate tears, Pushpa” in Amar Prem. He made you cry in Safar and Anand, even as you loved the rogue in Sacha Jhoota. There are so many memories of RK, the most obvious and the most indelible is of his voice playing back from tape in Anand – an unforgettable moment etched in our memories.advertisementWhen I worked in Plus Channel in the late 1990s, our office was in Ajanta Hotel in Juhu. The same hotel complex also housed Amitabh Bachchan’s ABCL where the other God used to come to work. RK was close to Amit Khanna and would land up in our office, as did many other stars and directors. Once I remember distinctly overhearing Khanna shout, “arre Amit teri bhi kya kismet hai, upar Lambuji hai aur main neeche baita hoon.” There were days when both superstars would be in the house, making you wonder – Oh, two kings in the house! Wowie. For any movie buff, it was a moment that will never be erased from the corridors of one’s mind.If one of the defining moments in Khanna’s career was the face-off with Bachchan in Namak Haram, where in a smouldering bravura high-voltage Beckettian performance, he screams: “Hai koi mai ka lal? Mujhe maro. Mere dost ko kya marte ho?” then equally significant was his ‘loss’ to LK Advani in a Lok Sabha election. Rajiv Gandhi propped up Khanna by pitting him against Advani. It was to send a message to Bachchan, who had fallen out with Rajiv after Bofors. Though Khanna lost narrowly, he won the re-election to the New Delhi seat by vanquishing Shatrughan Sinha in a gladiatorial contest.I end with his lines from Safar where he portrayed the tragic hero to the core – “Main marne se pehle marna nahin chahta” and “Yeh toh main hi jaanta hoon ki zindagi ke aakhri mod par kitna andhera hai.” A star has fallen.last_img read more

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