Car flies, crashes into 1st floor

It looked like a scene straight out of a Hollywood action flick with a car half-stuck into the first floor of a building. But these images were taken by the Santa Ana, California fire department after a white sedan hit a centre divider and went flying right into a dental clinic in the building across the road.

The accident took place on Sunday in Southern California, according to reports in NDTV. apt. Stephen Horner, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority, said they received a call about a crash around 5. 30am, adding, the car was travelling at a high speed when it hit the concrete median.

Officials stated the impact sent the car into the air and it landed into the small office building post which a minor fire was immediately extinguished.

There were two people in the car and one managed to get out while the other was trapped for over an hour until authorities arrived at the scene. The two sustained minor injuries in the accident. Fire officials had to use a crane to pull the vehicle out of the building.


Four questions for the tri-series

Four questions for the tri-series

With their most recent outing being the disastrous tour of South Africa in September-October 2017, when they handsomely lost all seven matches across formats, there will be more than a few flaws to correct for the home team when they kick off their tri-series campaign today by taking on Zimbabwe in the opener at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur from 12:00pm today. The following are a few things to watch out for during the series.

Can Fizz lead the pacers out of the doldrums?

The Bangladesh team conceded 1,004 runs in three ODIs in South Africa while taking just 12 wickets -- an average of 84 runs per wicket at just over seven runs an over. Needless to say, a repeat of such toothless and profligate bowling will not bode well for Bangladesh. To that end the coaching staff and technical director have been working hard with the bowlers in the training camp that began on December 27.

They have one big hope in the returning Mustafizur Rahman, who was ruled out on the eve of the South Africa ODI series with a twisted ankle. That is not to say that Mustafizur's presence would have made a big difference in South Africa as he averages a none-too-impressive 30. 55 in away conditions, but the numbers strongly indicate that his presence at home is a substantial one.

Back in 2015, he was the spark that ignited Bangladesh's ODI rise and his home record is a fantastic 26 wickets from nine matches at an astonishing average of 12. 34. His brand of beguiling cutters are especially suited to the grip offered by the Mirpur wicket, and how he starts today will be integral to Bangladesh's search for their first triangular trophy.

Will the number three puzzle finally be solved?

Since the start of 2015, there have been seven batsmen tried at the pivotal number three position in ODIs and the best average among them was the discarded Soumya Sarkar and vice-captain Shakib Al Hasan's 29, the latter playing just one match in the position in the first ODI against South Africa in Kimberley last year. Technical director Khaled Mahmud yesterday informed that Shakib will be the one tried in that spot today and, judging by his statement that the team management wants a regular number three, for the rest of this series.

Shakib is as good a choice as any, given his ability to read the game and take it by the scruff of the neck. With a rich 2017 with the bat, Shakib is well placed to solve the puzzle for the time being, but it will be important for him to hit the ground running today.

Will Riyad get the time his talent warrants?

Mahmudullah Riyad is the man for every position. He has batted as low as number eight in the order and as high as number three, where he hit his two successive World Cup tons in the 2015 event in Australia-New Zealand. In South Africa, he batted at number five in the first match, but was demoted to number six for the next two. Mahmud has recently said that the batsman has been underutilised lower down the order and said that he will likely bat at number five today. Like Shakib, if Mahmudullah can make this spot his own it will make for a more stable batting lineup.

Can Anamul step up?

Having hit a rich vein of form in domestic cricket, Anamul Haque has been recalled to the national squad at what could be the perfect time for the right-handed opener to make a comeback. Soumya Sarkar seems to have been deemed a failed experiment for the time being, and with Imrul Kayes yet to recover from a thumb injury, Anamul will now open with Tamim Iqbal. With the two left-handed openers named above not really making the number two position their own despite repeated chances, a left-right opening partnership with Tamim-Anamul may not be the worst thing.


Bad news for actor Vikram

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Vignesh Shivan had requested Tamil Rockers, a popular destination for pirated movies, not to upload their movie Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and other releases like Sketch and Gulaebaghavali. Unfortunately, the plea has fallen on deaf ears and the website went on with its illegal activities.

In what could be a big headache for the makers, the pirated copies of Sketch, in different resolution and quality, have been uploaded to TamilRockers and other torrent sites. Some websites are streaming the film and crazy fans of Chiyaan are sharing the bits and pieces of the flick on social media platforms.

Sketch has opened to mixed reviews with critics pointing out that it is a usual commercial entertainer that solely banks on Vikram. The makers of the film were planning to cash in on the Pongal holiday season, but the piracy is feared to take a toll on the collection of the movie.

The Kollywood, like other industries, has been battling piracy for long. In the past few years, online piracy has become rampant thanks to digitalisation and with the internet being accessible in every nook and corner of the world.

It is believed that the torrent sites operate from overseas and have access to the film hours after the first show outside India. As a result, many big banner films, as well as small movies, hit the internet immediately after the release.

Actor Vishal, the president of Producers' Council and secretary of Nadigar Sangam, has waged war against piracy and has taken a slew of measures to check the menace, but it has gone in vain as websites find new ways to reach the people.

Coming back to Sketch, it is an action thriller in which Vikram and Tamannah Bhatia play the leads. Directed by Vijay Chander, the film is set in North Chennai.


Collision halts Dhaka-Ctg train service

Collision halts Dhaka-Ctg train service

The accident took place around 9:30am on Saturday when the sand-laden truck hit the Comilla-bound Demu train at an unauthorised level-crossing, said Shafiqur Rahman, the station master of Comilla Railway Station.

Following the collision, the wheels of the train veered off the rail track, said the station master.

A Dhaka-bound train, 'Subarna Express', got stranded at Comilla Rail Station following the derailment.

A relief train from Akhaura was on its way to the spot to salvage the Demu train, he added.


Bad news for actor Suriya

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Piracy has continued to take a toll on Tamil films as every film released on Fridays are appearing online just hours after their theatrical release. Suriya's Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is the latest film to be hit by piracy.

There are many torrent sites that have uploaded the illegal copies of Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and apparently, many people have been downloading it for 'free. A few sites are streaming it online.

To rub salt into the wound, the crazy fans of Suriya are sharing short video clips of the film shot in theatres.

Thaanaa Serndha Koottam was released in over 1,200 screens worldwide. The movie has garnered superb reviews from the critics and audience. The makers can breathe a sigh of relief as the positive word-of-mouth might help the film overcome the damage caused by piracy.

Every film made in Kollywood these days is being made available on torrent sites within a matter of days. Big movies hit the web faster than small-budget films as the craze around such flicks is high.

Vijay's Mersal and Ajith's Vivegam had hit the internet hours after the first show in foreign countries.

Although Vishal tried his best to put an end to piracy, his attempts have gone in vain as the torrent sites find new ways to leak the film online.

Coming back to Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, it has Ramya Krishnan, Keerthy Suresh and others in the cast. The remake of Hindi film Special 26 is based on 1987 Opera House heist.

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