Padmaavat open well in overseas markets, beats Baahubali and Dangal record

The release of Padmaavat in the international markets has seen an incredible opening. UK, Australia and New Zealand have received huge box office collections on the first day of its screening.

Times Now reported that the film has surpassed collections of    Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (Hindi version) and Dangal. The collections of Baahubali 2, was $212 thousand, and Dangal, was $247 thousand respectively. Padmavaat opened with a collection of $347 thousand.  It earned £97 in UK and $64 thousand in New Zealand with the paid preview screening. The film received Rs 5 crore through the paid previews in India.

“Padmaavat has seen a fabulous start in the overseas markets of Bollywood,” Taran Adarsh, Senior Trade Analyst tweeted.

According to a report in The Quint the opening in Indian markets was predicted to be Rs 35 crore. However, this did not happen and was lower than the expected amount because of the violent attacks and protests in the country surrounding the film release. The film is yet to hit screens in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. This has caused a drop in the expected collections.


SOURCE:  The Quint, Times Now

India to Pitch for Hosting G20 Meet

India is about to make a pitch to host its first ever G20 meet. The bid will need to be certified by G20 members, and is being seen as the Modi government’s aim to put the Indian economy into the bigger grounds. The G20 bid will create jobs and expand tourism opportunities.

Although Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi is assumed to be the natural host, the absence of a global-scale convention centre to host leaders from the world’s 20 largest economy, ranging from the US and Chinese presidents to the German chancellor and the British Prime Minister, is a concern.

The event will require massive security arrangements, and a space to host aircraft from 19 countries. The preparation for the G20 meet is enormous, and demands planning of budget for several other events through the year, including talks of central bank governors and finance ministers, along with ministerial gatherings for trade, energy and labour.
Pragati Maidan or the Greater Noida Expo Centre could be some of the options to have the meetings in, but compared to the G20 mark, it is a glitch.
Holding an event of international level like G20 summit, also means, that there has to be adequate accessibility of rooms in hotels, but this is not seen as a major problem, as Aerocity is coming up in the Capital.

Source: The Times of India.

FIFA confirms dates for 2022 Qatar World Cup

Zurich: In a move to confirm the 2022 Qatar World Cup amidst the controversy surrounding it, the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) on Friday, announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin on November 21.
The tournament will be 28 days long and will finish on December 18. FIFA’s executive committee confirmed the 2022 dates six months after picking the December 18 date for the final, which happens to be a national holiday in Qatar.
Earlier, in March 2015, FIFA decided to switch the 2022 World Cup from the usual June-July schedule to avoid Qatar’s summer heat.
A 28-day World Cup is four less than the usual tournament and is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and leagues which must shut down for several mid-season weeks.
According to the calendar approved on Friday, clubs must release players to the 32 World Cup teams by 14 November 2022 – a week before the opening match.
No qualifiers for continental championships or friendlies have been set for October 2022. Instead, the two fixtures typically scheduled in October will be moved forward four months.
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BCCI disappointed with ICC’s verdict on Anderson- Jadeja case

The Judicial Commissioner’s verdict to give a clean chit to James Anderson (England’s Fast Bowler) for the breach of conduct has disheartened the Indian Cricket Boards (BCCI). This has lead to BCCI writing to cricket’s governing body to display their displeasure over the verdict.

The first test at Trent Bridge last month witnessed verbal dispute between Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja. Following a video conference on Friday, the sportsmen were freed of any charge. Dave Richardson, the International Cricket Council Executive (ICC) can raise appeal against the verdict of the Judiciary.

“What we have done is we’ve written a letter to the ICC saying we are not happy with the verdict,” said Sanjay Patel who is the secretary of the BCCI.

“We don’t have a right to appeal in this case,” he opined.

Even though the ICC officials had not been accessible for any comment regarding the issue, if the sportsmen had been found guilty by the Judicial Commissioner, a four-test ban would have been imposed on Anderson and Jadeja.