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- 08/13/15--02:13: Seven hijras sing Jana Gana Mana and make you choke (With video)
- 08/13/15--05:09: CCTV footage from Thane shows leopard going after family pet dog
- 08/14/15--20:53: Saluting India with the Silent National Anthem (With video)
- 08/15/15--02:04: Video Review: The Garden - Ram, Huzaifah and the future
- 08/15/15--06:52: Indian women techies post their photos and say #ILookLikeAnEngineer
|A MSRTC bus driver hangs on to a Swift bonnet after a road rage assault - CCTV Video below|
Staff correspondent, August 12, 2015, NewsCrunch
A CCTV footage shows a Maharashtra bus driver Santosh Shilimkar being dragged for nearly 300 metres on the bonnet of a Swift following a road rage incident.
Santosh Shilimkar, who was driving a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus, hit a Swift driven by H A Ansari at Airoli in Navi Mumbai area on July 27, a rainy day.
The accident provoked an angry exchange of words which made Ansari come out of his car and allegedly assault Santosh Shilimkar.
As Ansari tried to drive away, Santosh Shilimkar tried to stop the car by jumping on the bonnet.
An angry Ansari drove the car for some distance with Santosh Shilimkar hanging on to the bonnet. He ignored a few people who tried to stop the car to rescue the MSRTC bus driver.
After covering some distance S fell on the side and narrowly escaped from being run over by the Swift, which sped away.
Based on the CCTV footage, which is published below, Mumbai police traced Anasri to Mumbai and arrested him.
CCTV footage of the speeding Swift carrying MSRTC bus driver Santosh Shilimkar on its bonnet
|Leaked plot on Whats App reveals why Kattappa killed Bahubali|
Staff correspondent, AufAugust 12, 2015, NewsCrunch
The main plot of Bahubali 2, which is due for release in early 2016, has reportedly leaked.
Whether the leak is genuine or not, the revealed plot gives a plausible explanation to why loyal servant Kattappa killed Bahubali in part one.
Accordingly, Kattappa is the loyal army chief of Mahishmati kingdom. His ancestors have sworn to obey the orders of whoever becomes the Mahishpati king.
After Bahubali comes to power, he falls in love with Devasena (Anushka Shetty). To add to the complication, his brother Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati) is also in love with Devasena.
To avoid fratricide, Rajmata Shivagami (Ramya Krishnan) decides that whoever marries Devasena would have to leave the empire and go into exile. Mad with love, Bahubali chooses Devasena and gives up the Mahishmati kingdom.
Now the son of Kalakeya King attacks the Mahishmati kingdom, which prompts Bahubali to return to defend. Fearing that Rajmata will again crown Bahubali, Bhallala Deva orders Kattappa to kill Bahubali.
Kattappa, has no choice but to kill Bahubali.
|Viral photos of Himachal Pradesh Congress leader Rajinder Rana being carried by a local Dharampur resident|
A local resident carried Himachal politician Rajinder Rana on his back when he came to visit a flood-hit area at Dharampur in Mandi district on Tuesday.
A former Congress MLA, Rajinder Rana is the vice-chairman of Himachal Pradesh Disaster Management Authority.
When he visited the flood-hit town, local leaders offered him a piggy-back ride fearing that the ankle-length water may soil his shoe and inconvenience him.
Going by the photos, which went viral on social media, Rajinder Rana, seems to have accepted the offer.
Rajinder Rana had quit his Assembly seat to contest last year’s Lok Sabha elections against Anurag Thakur and had lost.
|Viral photos of Himachal Pradesh Congress leader Rajinder Rana being carried by a local Dharampur resident|
|A screen grab of the transgender cover of the Indian national Anthem - Bharatiya... Hum Bhi Hai|
A new version of the National Anthem sung by Hijras is being shared around.
Produced by Yathartha Pictures, the National Anthem sung by seven transgender women would not be the most musical rendition of the composition you may have listened to.
It will certainly be among the most powerful versions that left you choked.
The Indian National Anthem is a song of liberation. By releasing their cover of it, transgender women join the ranks of Indians, who reached out to it, seeking emancipation.
The video shows seven transgender women dressed as professionals from different walks of life such as doctor, teacher, flight attendant, police and teacher.
It captions each of them saying these people have the potential to pursue any of these careers.
A highly discriminated minority hijras struggle to make a living through begging and sex work as other opportunities are shut on them.
The national Anthem makes a reference to a February 2014 Surpeme Court judgement, which provides them with reservation in education and employment.
Video: Watch transgender women singing Indian National Anthem (Bharatiya... Hum Bhi Hai)
|A screen grab of the CCTV footage which shows goon attacking with sword (video below)|
Staff correspondent, August 13, 2015, Newscrunch
A Muslim customer, who saved a Mumbai shopkeeper, Rajnish Singh Thakur, from a deadly sword attack is yet to be identified.
The incident of the attempted attack by a sword-wielding gangster, which was captured on the shop’s CCTV, has gone viral.
The CCTV footage shows the unidentified Muslim customer in traditional attire and skull cap, inside the shop when the attack takes place.
A sword-wielding goon identified as Akram Shaikh barges in and gives a blow to Rajnish, who is disabled and not able to flee.
The Muslim customer reacts instinctively and fends off the second attack. He pushes the goon out of the shop and grapples with him till other people come for the rescue and apprehend him. As the crowd gathers at the shop he slips away.
Rajnish had earned the wrath of local goons, who are druggies, by organising fellow traders to resist their extortion.
Rajnish, who suffered injuries on the neck and hand, has been admitted to a local hospital. His brother Manish said he would have been killed but for the courageous intervention by the customer.
The police have arrested four accomplices of Akram Shaikh and looking for two more.
Video: Watch Muslim customer saving Mumbai shopkeeper from goon’s sword
|A leopard snatched a family dog in Thane|
Staff Correspondent, August 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
Aarti and Santosh Gupta, a couple from Thane area were horrified to see their CCTV footage capturing a leopard and her cub in their yard, next to their parked car.
The older leopard with glowing eyes, whose guarded movements appear to resemble a slow motion scene action from a movie, the Guptas learned on the morning of August 7th, had carried away Cocoa, their one-year old family pet Rottweiler.
India.com reports that this incident happened last week at Ghodbunder Road, Thane, in Mumbai, last week.
Such incidents aren't unusual in the area.
The residents claim that the forest department has not installed a fence at the nearby forest border despite repeated requests, which has contributed to the problem.
The captured CCTV footage also shows the leopard cub, which is however hardly interested in joining the mother in her hunt.
Video: CCTV footage of leopard in Thane going after family pet dog
People from Herat holding 100 meter Afghanistan-India flag |
(Image Source: http://www.graanafghanistan.com/)
Staff Correspondent, August 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
The People of Herat presented a unique 100-metre-long Indian-Afghanistan flag recently in a thanksgiving gesture for New Delhi's help in building a dam and solving their water problem.
India aided the reconstruction of Salma Dam built across the Harirud River at Chist-e-Shariff in Herat province, at a cost of over Rs.1,400 crores.
It has been estimated that the dam will generate 42 MW of power, besides irrigating 75,000 hectares of land.
With 90 percent of work already over, the Economic Times states that the dam is likely to be commissioned by mid-2016.
The Minister of Energy and Water of Afghanistan is said to have proposed that the soon-to-be commissioned Salma Multipurpose Dam be renamed as Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam.
1TV News Afghanistan reports that after water started flowing into the dam in late July, people from Herat province met Indian Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra on August 10th Monday, and presented him with a 100-meter long flag, comprising equal parts of Afghanistan and Indian flags.
India is the largest regional donor for Afghanistan; in 2014, USD 2 billion was earmarked as development aid.
Even the Afghan Parliament Building is being constructed with Indian assistance.
Video: Watch Afghan people from Herat with the 100 meter flag
Herati youth celebrate India-Afghan friendship with 100 m flag #Salmadam@MEAIndia@IndianDiplomacy@IndianEmbKabulpic.twitter.com/wFneUUqkgd— India in Herat (@IndianConsHerat) August 10, 2015
|Cheat sheet or speech notes - Prem Singh of The Telegraph takes a sneak peek of Rahul Gandhi n Parliament|
Staff correspondent, August 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi stared trending on Thursday after a photo of notes he had used in his Thursday speech at the Parliament spread on social media.
The “cheat sheet” as it was described by many on Twitter was captured by an alert photo journalist Prem Singh of The Telegraph and then went viral.
In the debate on LalitGate Sushma Swaraj tore into Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, getting personal and critical.
Her onslaught left Congress shaken up though Rahul Gandhi made an unscheduled intervention to salvage the situation.
Rahul Gandhi said he respected Sushma Swaraj though her family took money from Lalit Modi to provide legal services on issues that came under her Ministry.
“You are the first humanitarian, who does humanitarian work in stealth," he charged.
Rahul Gandhi also attacked the Prime Minister, who was not in the House, saying like Gandhi’s three monkeys, Modi did not see or speak or listen to the truth.
While Rahul Gandhi’s speech was animated, a few points did come from the cheat sheet.
The point on the three monkeys, for instance, was clearly visible in the camera.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had similarly trended when he was seen copying a condolence message of Nepal earthquake victims from his phone.
Video of Rahul Gandhi speech in Parliament
' Sushma Swaraj is the first humanitarian who does humanitarian work secretly' Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha https://t.co/fro8VDOJsh— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) August 12, 2015
|Y Prabhakar Sharma became a crorepati from cheating his fellow |
Brahmins (Image: YouTube screen grab)
Staff Correspondent, August 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
A Hyderabad-based realtor Y. Prabhakar Sharma was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly cheating nearly a thousand Brahmins.
Deccan Chronicle reports that Prabhakar Sharma promised an exclusive, Brahmin-only township - Veda Gayatri Agraharam- in Chegur village of Kothur Mandal in Telangana.
Veda Gayatri Agaraharam claimed to provide everything a traditional Brahmin might value - Goshalas, Veda Pathashala and Kalyana Mantapam, in addition to all modern amenities like corporate hospitals and solar powered street lights.
Aggressive TV and print ad campaigns, a gaudy website, videos on social media, a Facebook page which was last updated in October 2012, pooja performance at the future township, were all part of his arsenal as he set out to connect with his future victims.
He also reportedly purchased a 36 acre-plot in Yenkammaguda Chegur in 2011. Without getting any legal approval, he allegedly registered the plots in the names of the customers by taking advances and EMIs.
He then allegedly started cheating by selling the same plot to several people and when he failed to deliver the plots, the customers complained to the police, reports The Indian Express.
By the time his victims realized the fraud, Prabhakar Sharma had become a crorepati.
A similar Brahmins only housing project near Bangalore had run into trouble two years ago after many had opposed it for encouraging casteism.
Video: Pradip Sharma's video on Veda Gayatri Agraharam (Telugu)
Video: Report on Pradip Sharma's fraud (Telugu)
|Aran Khanna who lost his internship offer from Facebook after he showed a privacy flaw in Facebook mobile messenger (Image Source: Linkedin)|
After Indian American Harvard student Aran Khanna built an app which showed a serious privacy flaw with Facebook mobile messenger application, Facebook terminated its offer of his internship with the company.
Aran Khanna's app, a google chrome extension called the 'Marauder’s Map', simply retrieved the latitude and longitudes of the location of those who sent messages using Facebook mobile messenger.
Writing in Medium, he says by using the app, you could pinpoint the location of the person sending the message to less than a meter.
By looking at a cluster of messages over a period of time, you could even track the schedule of a person with a certain degree of certainty.
The root cause that allowed this was that Facebook mobile messenger application setting gave out user location details by default.
After Aran Khanna tweeted about his application and posted it on Reddit on May 26, it went viral.
Boston.com reports that during the next two days, senior personnel from Facebook first asked Aran Khanna not to talk to the press and then just two hours before he was supposed to leave for his internship with the company, withdrew the offer.
This happened despite Aran Khanna's compliance with all directives from Facebook.
Aran Khanna's case has generated a lot of interest and debate with mainstream press as well as the social media.
Some Reddit users are comparing Aran Khanna with Brian Acton, the engineer whom Facebook refused to employ, but later, after he built WhatsApp, paid him $20 billion to acquire the application.
Publicinformation available shows that Aran Khanna may well be on his way to becoming an expert software developer, scientist and entrepreneur; he has already interned and worked at Silicon Valley startups as well as Microsoft.
An avid sportsman into rowing, Aran had also volunteered to teach english in rural China.
The video below shows Aran Khanna in his native Seattle, among his close friends and family during his graduation party.
Video: Aran Khanna enjoying a lighter moment with his friends and family during his graduation party
|A still from digital movie Jai Hind|
OYO Rooms, a budget hotel network got about Rs 650 crore from Softbank last month, the same investors who invested in Rahul Yadav.
There is no accident, they safely enter the restaurant, are treated like a king and queen. They both take spoons and put something in each others mouths.
So, what’s with this. Indian Independence movement was a spiritual journey of millions of poor people overthrowing stifling foreign domination. It was not a hare-brained and melodramatic dinner-time episode.
Video; Watch Manoj Vajpayee and Raveena Tandon's Jai Hind, movie on Indian Independence
|NDTV screen grab of Mumbai tailor Nasiruddin Mansuri|
Staff correspondent, August 14, 2015, NewsCrunch
The Muslim hero, who saved a Mumbai shopkeeper’s life recently from a sword-wielding goon, has been identified as Nasiruddin Mansuri.
A tailor, who works for a garment factory, Nasiruddin Mansuri, 45, had gone to the mobile shop run by Rajnish Singh Thakur to recharge his mobile. A goon barged in with a sword and aimed a blow at Rajnish. Before he could strike again, Nasiruddin Mansuri grappled with him and stopped him from attacking again.
His bravery, captured on CCTV, was widely acclaimed.
Speaking to Mid Day Nasiruddin Mansuri said he was someone who hated bloodshed and got scared easily.
He still can’t believe that he overpowered a hardened criminal, who came to kill. After the incident, Nasiruddin Mansuri went home worrying what would have happened if the goon had attacked him.
He says he reacted instinctively and got his strength from the Almighty Allah.
“Islam teaches us to help the oppressed and stand up to oppressors. I think I did what should have been done.” Nasiruddin Mansuri told Mid day.
Rajnish Singh Thakur’s family say they will forever be grateful to Nasiruddin Mansuri and plan to felicitate him.
Hero Muslim customer, who saved Mumbai shopkeeper from sword attack yet to be identified (With CCTV footage)
|The poster of Little Terrorist (free video below)|
The makers of The Little Terrorist, the movie which narrowly missed getting an Oscar in 2005, have released it for free in
People of these two countries would be able to watch the 15-minute movie on YouTube (embedded below).
Little Terrorist was written and produced by Ashvin Kumar.
It tells the story of Jamal (played by Salim), a 10-year-old Pakistani boy, who chases a cricket ball and crosses over to the Indian side of the border separated by a fence.
When the Indian Army comes looking for him, you should see what happens.
The lead cast of the movie - Salim, Sushil Sharma and Megnaa Mehtta – faced camera for the first time. It was nominated for the 2005 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.
Ashvin Kumar had earlier made Road to Ladakh (2002), with Irrfan Khan and Koel Purie.
Video: Watch The Little Terrorist, the movie with a message
Staff correspondent, August 15, 2015
The Silent National Anthem has to rank among the most emotive renditions of Jana Gana Mana.
More than five years old, it has been viewed millions of times. But it never fails to choke you each time you see it.
The video shows a large group of hearing and speech impaired children rendering the National Anthem through their gestures. An audio track of Jana Gana Mana composed with classical instruments accompany them.
What makes it so haunting - the children, their animated gestures, the smiles and the melody.
Most importantly, the message that Jana Gana Mana is a song of hope for every Indian.
The Silent National Anthem was composed by Group for Big Cinema. It won a silver and two bronze lions at Cannes Advertising Festival.
Video: Watch the Silent National Anthem
|A still from the short film The Garden - Ram & Huzaifah|
Staff correspondent, August 15, 2015
Two kids, Ram and Huzaifah, send a powerful Independence-Day message to India, which stands somewhat polarised at the moment.
A short film, The Garden - Ram & Huzaifah, shows them responding to a series of questions - their names, who they worship, favourite superhero, colour and blood group.
From their names to the blood group, the kids differ in everything. Ram worships Bhagwan, it's Allah for Huzaifah. Ram likes Spiderman, Huzaifah like Green Lantern.
Ram is a vegetarian, while Huzaifah likes chicken.
Come to the last question - Who is Ram's best friend.
And, who is Huzaifah's best friend:
When societies split on caste and communal lines, the divisions percolates to children. It is right at that age they have to be taught to welcome differences, not seek a bulldozing uniformity.
The simple video with its heart in the right place comes from two senior advertising professionals Kunal Sawant and Syed Mohammed Talha Nazim. Music comes from noted Bollywood composer Sandesh Shandilya.
Ram Shandilya and Syed Muhammad Huzaifah are the real names of the children seen in the video.
Video: Watch - The Garden - Ram & Huzaifah
|Isis Anchalee who started the campaign #iLookLikeAnEngineer|
Staff Correspondent, August 14, 2015, NewsCrunch
The campaign to battle gender stereotypes in technical professions, #iLookLikeAnEngineer, has come to India.
A US engineer Isis Anchalee, recently posted her photo suggesting that she could look the way she did and still be an engineer, with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer.
Her message was against gender stereotyping that judges women from the way they supposedly look, without giving any consideration to their credentials or accomplishment.
Isis Anchalee had appeared in a company advertisement. Many found that she was too sexy to be an engineer. She was baffled that people were finding her fully-clothed smiling face with unbrushed hair and minimal makeup controversial.
The campaign that kicked off in the US in early August has now spread to India. A Ness techie
Aditi Chirania (@aditchir) has collected photos of her women colleagues, who have shared them with the hashtag, #ILookLikeAnEngineer.
A slightly dated study published in Scientific American says that the male-female engineers ratio in India is better, almost by two times, than in the US. It also found India women engineers being more confident than their male colleagues.
But paradoxically, Indian women engineers are better represented at the entry-levels but drop out as their career progresses due to marriage and children. The senior management and the board members are usually men.
#ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign comes to India
I'm a Software developer. I build Features for Teachers. #ILookLikeAnEngineer and work for @ness_tech in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/pW7gIg7YIP— Aditi Chirania (@aditchir) August 6, 2015
A million vacant CS jobs in upcoming years? We need YOU for the #ILookLikeAnEngineer army! http://t.co/dom4hb1wxtpic.twitter.com/4cSwW6mLf3— Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) August 6, 2015
"As a Google intern, I design how users interact with the Android Hangouts app. #ILookLikeAnEngineer" - Priya Ganesan pic.twitter.com/vQYyy5bgMs— she++ (@sheplusplus) August 15, 2015
"No matter what I'm wearing or doing, #ILookLikeAnEngineer, because simply, I am an engineer." - Niharika Bedekar pic.twitter.com/J5Abin0cLR— she++ (@sheplusplus) August 13, 2015
Passionate about building profitable business touching lives around the globe.... #MCEmployee#ILookLikeAnEngineerpic.twitter.com/MkTA0LqpsA— Simmy Jain (@simmyjain234) August 6, 2015
|A screen grab of the video - World wishes India (video below)|
Staff correspondent, August 15, 2015, NewsCrunch
A video released by Knorr, World Wishes India, to pay tribute to Indian Independence has gone viral.
The video shows foreigners - Africans, Arabs, Europeans, - singing the National Anthem Jana gana mana.
The video released on Friday started trending on the Independence Day and went viral.
Many took the video as a sign of the world acknowledging India's arrival. Some said Indians hankered after the approval of others due to their own insecurity.
A few Pakistani Twitter users made it clear that they were not part of the World, which was wishing India and said Kashmir should be first liberated before they could express any such sentiments.
Video: The World wishes India - Knorr India's tribute to Indian Independence
Twitter response to Knorr video World Wishes India
See tweets tagged #WorldWishesIndia - we seek confirmation from outsiders to feel good about ourselves :) Typical Insecure Indian Mentality.— Anamika (@AnaMyID) August 15, 2015
This shows that we India are always hungry for world Love & admiration. #WorldWishesIndiahttp://t.co/X4g9X9lcNi— #UnsungHero Ayan Roy (@COOL8769) August 15, 2015
With Indians gaining prominence all over the world, It's great to see the world stand nd wish us. #WorldWishesIndiahttps://t.co/jR2SZyfs2L— Priyanka seo smo ppc (@PRIYANK_SEO_SMO) August 15, 2015
#WorldWishesIndia The world is in awe with India.. R our own ppl sync with it. Stop deteriorating the image Vis a Vis corruption..— Ankit Singh (@ankitdons15) August 15, 2015
Happy Independencr day indians. Be a true friend like Quaid and Gandhi. #WorldWishesIndia— Afifa Bhatti (@afifabhatti_) August 15, 2015
India'll have to liberate Kashmir.Illegal occupation of India over kashmir'll be worst experience 4 occupied forces cant #WorldWishesIndia— Shazia a.q (@shaz_aqadir) August 15, 2015
Big Salute to the makers of this patriotic video that has stunned the Indian audience. #WorldWishesIndiahttp://t.co/pVxuh6MaBd…— ♕ ℳг. Rai (@gulzar_rai) August 15, 2015
|Jamia Millia Islamia University lands in new controversy over gender equality|
New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University's recent change in hostel rules for women again highlights the issue of gender discrimination in our society.
Scroll reports that on June 1, the University scrapped the hostel rule which previously allowed women students to stay out until 10 pm twice a month, with prior permission.
They now have to be in by 8 pm.
Male students are bound by no such restrictions.
The article rightly notes that many educational institutions in the country, from Delhi to Bangalore, have such discriminatory regulations against women.
The issue, while significant, is hardly new.
There are probably only a handful of institutions like IIM, Bangalore, which prefer not to breathe down the necks of their students; or, if they do, they at least do not discriminate based on gender.
Regulationsonstudents, especially those that disadvantage women, seem to be more common throughout India. And it is globally known too.
A 2012 New York Times article which reported on these issues especially struck a chord because of its headline : 'Does Your College Treat You Like a Child?' it asked.
But it is precisely because policies of educational institutions over-regulating students, especially women, are widespread and common, that they need to be highlighted and debated more often. With a hope that it would catalyze positive change.
The case of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) probably illustrates this.
When two young women with an expat faculty member's support tried to discuss within their wider community, issues concerning gender discrimination and campus safety, VIT suspended them; the Professor ultimately had to return to the US.
But after media coverage and support from 10,056 people for the Change.org petition later, VIT allowed the students to return.
While the present VIT regulations for male and female students living in hostels does look stifling, at least, at first glance, they do not seem to differentiate between them based on their gender.
|Koko the gorilla, who has shown the researchers that apes could |
very well learn to speak one day (Image Source: You Tube )
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison psychology lab have found that apes can develop the capability to speak.
On reviewing 71 hours of video footage of Koko the gorilla interacting with other researchers, they repeatedly found evidence of her exhibiting nine types of voluntary behaviours requiring control over her vocalization and breathing.
These were learned behaviours, previously thought to be impossible.
The researchers say Koko is not uniquely gifted, but rather, has responded to the environment she has been placed in; and that with right conditions, apes can develop quite a flexible control over their vocal chords.
Koko has been living with the researchers over the last 40 years, as part of a lifelong study to teach her a silent form of communication, American Sign Language. The progress she's made regarding vocalization and breathing behaviour is however new.
The three YouTube videos of Koko coughing, playing a wind instrument and blowing her nose, posted on August 13, have already been viewed more than 190,000 times.
The researchers say Koko plays the instrument for her own amusement. But we can see it in the video that she responds to a request to blow it louder.
Even her coughing and blowing her nose in the other two videos are responses to requests that she do it.
Koko has her own website, and a presence on the social media, including You Tube, Facebook and Twitter.
Video: Koko the Gorilla plays the wind instrument
Video: Koko coughs on request
Video: Koko blows her nose on a request that she sneeze
|A still from The Great Khali's WWE Debut against Undertaker - |
Viral video (below) has been viewed 18 million times
Professional wrestler Dalip Singh Rana's, better known as Great Khali, contract with WWE came to an end a year ago.
At 42, he is old for the taxing sport. After 14 years of professional wrestling, his body is also not able to take it. During his last bouts, Great Khali would step into the ring with a noticeable limp, which he blames on a botched knee surgery. Despite his Herculean strength, his lower limbs have weakened as he cannot train them adequately.
Towards his closing days, he was sadly no longer a menacing figure, but a wrestler, who was past his prime and was being used as a bit a joke.
Exit from WWE means, Dalip Singh Rana cannot use the name Great Khali anymore, which belongs to the corporation. He fights in different countries occasionally using different names, Giant Singh, for instance.
An American citizen, he runs a profitable liquor store in Houston where his family lives, reports The Indian Express. he has been married to Harminder, for 13 years, and has an 18-month daughter,
He also runs a professional wrestling academy in Jalandhar Continental Wrestling Academy. The response is good, though the talent is uncertain. Despite having an American trainer, it is hard to predict how many of the students will successfully make it to WWE.
It has been a fairy tale ride for Great Khali.
Son of a poor labourer, he cut stone on roads before getting a police job on on the strength of his sheer 7' 2'' and 200 kg bulk. After watching WWE on TV, he famously quit his job and went to the US on scant resources and without speaking a word of English.
Through grit he became a wrestler, who is today recognised anywhere in the world.