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#MeToo: Star India internal panel writes to anonymous accuser to come forward (21:16)
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) The Internal Complaints Committee of Star India on Sexual Harassment (Star ICC) has written to the anonymous accuser -- who had alleged "sexual exploitation" of women employees -- asking her to reach out to the committee or its external member on allegations made by her in tweets.

'Bebaak' dropped from MAMI film fest, director feels helpless (20:36)
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Director Shazia Iqbal says her film has been dropped from the line-up of the 20th Jio Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) Mumbai Film Festival as its producer is Anurag Kashyap.

We'll be fielding strongest Jaipur lineup ever in 2019: William Dalrymple (18:12) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Come January, literary heavyweights will gather in Jaipur for a sumptuous feast of ideas at the annual Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. Its co-director and noted historian William Dalrymple said the organisers will be fielding the strongest lineup of literary heavyweights in the upcoming edition as the first 30 speakers were announced on Saturday.

Better cardiorespiratory fitness linked to longer life: Study (18:02)
New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic in the US have found that better cardiorespiratory fitness leads to better longevity, regardless of age, with no limit on the positive effects of aerobic fitness.

Challenging to direct a series that's been a hit: 'Kasautii...' director (17:32)
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Muzammil Desai, who wears the director's hat for the "Kasautii Zindagii Kay" reboot, says helming a series that has been a hit in the past is quite challenging.

'Bulleya' singer unveils his first indie single (17:24) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) "Bulleya" fame singer Amit Mishra has released his first independent single "Vacation".

Kannada actress Sruthi accuses actor Arjun of sexual harassment (16:02) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Sruthi Hariharan on Saturday accused multilingual south Indian actor Arjun Sarja of sexually harassing her on the sets of a film in 2016. He has dismissed the claim.

Father's nicotine exposure linked to child's poor cognition: Study (15:46)
New York, Oct 20 (IANS) While women have long been warned about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy, nicotine exposure in men could lead to cognitive deficits in their children and grandchildren, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found in their study on mice.

'Jalebi' actor Varun Mitra eyes family entertainers (15:32) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Actor Varun Mitra, who has made his debut with "Jalebi", says he would love to work in family entertainers.

Never wanted to struggle to survive as actor: Gajraj Rao (15:14) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Actor Gajraj Rao, who plays a pivotal role in "Badhaai Ho", says though acting is his first love, he never wanted to put a burden of survival on his passion as a performer.

Priyanka hopes Meghan Markle's pregnancy is 'amazing' (15:02) IANS Photo Service
Las Vegas, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra is excited about her friend Meghan Markle‘s pregnancy, and hopes the Duchess of Sussex's new phase is "amazing".

I love England as I love my wife: Lord Bill Lall (15:00)
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Some 60 years ago, Dharambir Lall moved to England from India and the eventful journey that followed finds elaborate mention in his upcoming book "England, My Love". The successful chartered accountant is now a millionaire and has been conferred the title of Lord Bill Lall of Woodlands.

Cardi B wants to get rid of pregnancy line (14:32) IANS Photo Service
New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Rapper Cardi B, who has been candid about how much her body has changed since giving birth to a daughter, has asked fans for suggestions on how to get the pregnancy line across her stomach to vanish.

Mandy Moore maintains spooky 'tradition' with ex (14:32) IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore and TV personality Wilmer Valderrama may have dated over 16 years ago, but there are annual traditions that they both follow together.

'Widows': Steve McQueen wants to engage with wider public (14:10)
Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave" fame likes making serious movies, but his new heist thriller "Widows" is made for multiplexes, not art houses. He says he wants to engage with a wider audience.

Blanchett defends straight actors playing gay on screen (14:02) IANS Photo Service
Rome, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Cate Blanchett has defends straight actors playing gay characters.

Mani Ratnam gets his mojo back, but just about (Column: Bollywood Spotlight) (13:24)
By Subhash K. Jha IANS Photo Service
So many of the contemporary filmmakers seem to have lost the plot. Imtiaz Ali, the supremo among avant garde directors, is struggling to make himself coherent to an audience that just doesn't care what happened when "Harry Met Sejal".

Bruce Dern falls while jogging, hospitalised (13:14)
Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Actor Bruce Dern was hospitalised here and later released after he suffered a possible fractured hip.

Mother-daughter conflict ups suicide risk in abused teen girls: Study (13:12)
New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Teenage girls who were maltreated during their childhood are more likely to entertain suicidal thoughts if the relationship with their mother is poor and the degree of conflict between the two is high.

Atul Kasbekar denies #MeToo allegations against him, 'Cheat India' director (13:00) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Celebrity photographer and film producer Atul Kasbekar has denied an anonymous allegation that he and "Cheat India" director Soumik Sen are "sleazebags who harass women with their powerplay".

I still work with my heart: Veteran actor Jackie Shroff (IANS Interview) (12:12)
By Durga Chakravarty IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) He has a career spanning over four decades in the Hindi film industry and, as of 2017, has appeared in over 200 films. Actor Jackie Shroff, who has over five movies waiting to release now, says he still works with his heart.

Lara Dutta refuses work offer from Mukesh Chhabra's company (12:08) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Lara Dutta Bhupathi has turned down a work offer routed through the casting company of Mukesh Chhabra, one of those accused of sexual harassment amid the #MeToo wave in India.

Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safety (11:42) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims.

Changing rhythm isn't that easy, reveals music app (11:42)
London, Oct 20 (IANS) Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than others.

Cycling, walking in nature may improve your mental health (11:30)
London, Oct 20 (IANS) People who commute -- walking or cycling -- through natural environments are more likely to develop better mental health than those who commute less, according to a new study.

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