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Babita Kumari SpoGlasgow, July 31, 2014 (Agency)

Indian wrestler Babita Kumari put on a stunning show to win the gold medal beating Canada's Brittanee Laverdure in the final of the women's 55kg freestyle category in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the SECC Hall here Thursday.


The 24-year-old Babita, who had bagged the silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, won 9-2 against the 32-year-old Brittanee, who ended up injuring her finger during the bout. 


Babita dominated most of the proceedings and it was only in the last 15 seconds that Brittanne managed to open her scoring but by then it was all over.


It was the fourth gold medal for India in wrestling.


Arvind Kejriwal Nitin Gadkari NatNew Delhi, July 31, 2014 (Agency)

The Delhi High Court Thursday asked union minister Nitin Gadkari and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to find an amicable solution and reach a compromise in a defamation case filed by the former BJP chief to seek redressal for charges of corruption hurled at him.


A division bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice S.P. Garg asked both the leaders to "shake hands" and solve the issue amicably. The bench also said it was only a "matter of ego".


"None of you are afraid of filing complaints. You both are lions. Don't waste time on petty issues. These are matters of ego, nothing else," the bench said.


The court asked them to consider solving the issue amicably and inform it Aug 22, the next date of hearing.


The court also suggested to Kejriwal's counsel Shanti Bhushan to withdraw the allegations filed against Gadkari, union minister of road transport and highways, and in turn the minister will withdraw his defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party chief.


Appearing for Gadkari, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand told the court that if Kejriwal withdraws the allegations, the minister will also withdraw his case.


However, Kejriwal's counsel Bhushan was not very keen to withdraw the allegations and told the court that Gadkari approached it first and filed a defamation case against Kejriwal.


"You (Kejriwal) withdraw your complaint and you (Gadkari) will not prosecute against him (Kejriwal). He (Kejriwal) will also not file such complaints again," the bench suggested.


Asking the counsel to take instructions from their clients in the settlement issue, the court said it will later see why the allegations were made.


"Let's see why these allegations were made. We have to go to the grassroots," it said.


The court was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Kejriwal for his release from jail after he was sent to judicial custody May 21 when he refused to furnish a bail bond in the defamation case filed by Gadkari.


The court also said it will take up the issue of a public interest litigation (PIL) raised by Kejriwal that if a person appeared in pursuance to court summons and was accompanied by a lawyer, there was no need for the person to furnish a bail bond, especially when he was willing to give an undertaking.

Salman Khan Varinder Ghuman JalJalandhar, July 31, 2014 (Yes Punjab News)

It was kind of a ‘Kick’ moment for Jalandhar-based Varinder Singh Ghuman as Salman Khan launched the trailer of his upcoming film Roar-Tigers of Sunderbans in Mumbai today.


Roar is a one-of-a-kind film which beautifully captures the tumultuous relationship that man and beast share set against the backdrop of the beautiful albeit dangerous Sundarbans.


After reading the movie's script, Salman was so overwhelmed that he immediately agreed to do the launch. Besides, the superstar also got impressed with the physique of Varinder Ghuman and announced to cast him in his upcoming film ‘Gama Pehalwan’ along with his brother Sohail Khan. The film will be based on the life of renowned Indian wrestler Gama.


World’s first pure vegetarian bodybuilder, Varinder Singh Ghuman is better known as Man-of-muscles who has shown his full strength in the film. The film is produced by Abis Rizvi and has been directed by Kamal Sadanah. Shot in territories of Sunderbans in Bangladesh and India, the film is full of larger than life sequences with man eating tigers leaping onto boats will surely take your breath away.


The 130 kg six feet two inches tall Ghuman is playing a character of Cheena, who is aggressive and loud which evolves as the movie progresses. Working in Roar was an adventurous journey for Ghuman as shooting in Sunderbans jungles is not for the weak hearted.


 “During the shooting of the film, I along with other crew members lived on ship in inhabitable Sunderbans in Bangladeshi territory for few weeks. Our evenings were spent on decks witnessing the divine transitions from day to night. It was not less than a nightmare in jungles where you often get greeted with snakes, wild boars, deadly poisonous insects, salt-water crocodiles and many other dangerous creatures”, he says. Apart from this Varinder Ghuman who did not know how to swim has done an underwater film sequence which he would never forget. The film is set to be released on September 19.


 This Punjabi guy who carries an MA (English) degree under his belt has also starred in 'Kabaddi Once Again' and the 'Fateh the Victory'. He is the first Indian and also the first Asian to make it to the top line of Arnold Classic Europe - an international body-building championship -2010.


Varinder is the captain of the Indian bodybuilding team and was one of the top rankers in International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness's (IFBB) bodybuilding competition. He also became the first Indian Body Builder to secure a Pro Card by IFBB in 2011 and nobody has been able to beat him till date. He also won gold medal in Australian Grand Prix 2011. He was crowned Mr India in 2009 and later Mr Asia.


His passion and brawny physique impressed actor Arnold Schwarzenegger so much that he chose Ghuman as the brand ambassador for his signature gymnasiums and food supplements in India. About his vegan lifestyle, Varinder says he eats neither egg nor non-vegetarian food, sustaining instead on milk.

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