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Suraj Pal Amu resigns from BJP's primary membership

NEW DELHI: BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who gained notoriety for making inflammatory remarks against the movie 'Padmaavat', has resigned from the party's primary membership.Amu is also the national secretary of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which had spearheaded the protests against 'Padmaavat'. He had been arrested on January 25 by Gurugram Police on charges of breaching peace prior to the film's release, but was granted bail five days later.

Fake news alert! Reliance Jio clarifies it has not launched any Jio Coin App for investments in cryptocurrencies

According to an official statement issued by Reliance Jio, the company has come across reports in media and other websites about the existence of purported JioCoin Apps on the Internet that are soliciting investments in cryptocurrencies from people.

Reliance Jio says that the company is taking a serious note of such fraudulent attempts by unscrupulous persons to misguide the public in the name of Jio and reserves the right to take appropriate legal recourse.

The clarification by Jio comes after a mobile app on Google store was seen with the name of Jio Coin published by Rellance Digital. The tagline of the app said “Jio Coin New Digital Currency for India”. The app had crossed 10,000 downloads by the time Jio issued the statement.

Suresh Prabhu to launch Rs 2,600-cr package for leather industry

Union minister for commerce and industry Suresh Prabhu is likely to launch a Rs 2,600-crore special package announced by the Centre in December 2017 for the leather and footwear industry, at the 33rd India International Leather Fair (IILF) which will be inaugurated by him on Wednesday in Chennai.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi wins Tata Steel Challengers title

India’s third highest ranked chess Grand Master Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, with an ELO rating of 2,718, won the Tata Steel Chess Challengers-2018 tournament at Netherlands with a tally of nine points out of 13 rounds.

Ranked 34th in the world, Gujrathi won the title late on Sunday night and reserved his seat in the Tata Steel Masters tournament to be held in the Netherlands in 2019. The 23-year-old Gujrathi from Maharashtra signed peace treaty with Van Foreest Jorden on the last round to clinch the title.

“Won the @tatasteelchess Challengers 2018! Looking forward to the Masters next year!:),” he tweeted post his win.

In the Masters section in the Netherlands, World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen won the title.

Raghu Ram-Sugandha Garg end their marriage, announce their ‘divorce goals’

Former Roadies host Raghu Ram and wife, actor Sugandha Garg, were granted divorce earlier this week and the former couple decided to announce it in a rather novel style. Ram posted a message on his Instagram account that said, “Some things never change. Like the love I have for you. Like the fun we have always had together. Nothing ends. It changes and the next phase begins #FriendshipGoals #DivorceGoals.”

The two tied got married in 2006 and announced their separation in 2016. Speaking about his divorce earlier, Raghu had told media, “Well Sugandha is currently studying in Madrid and once she is back, we will get back with the formalities. There is nothing much to say now, I will make an announcement once the proceedings are over, and will also throw a divorce party.”

Kareena-Saif along with Karisma-Malaika head to Goa for Amrita Arora’s 40th birthday

Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor and siblings Malaika Arora and Amrita Arora are certainly the most talked about girl gang in Bollywood. From attending parties together to going on holidays, the four of them make sure to have a gala time with each other.

Now it seems the Veere Di Wedding actress has left with her squad to Goa to bring in Amrita Arora’s 40th birthday bash. And guess who joined them? Well, we are talking about none other than Saif Ali Khan.

Malaika took to Instagram to post a photo of the girls along with Saif as they headed to Goa in a private jet. “Let’s get this party started....... ammuuuuuu @therealkarismakapoor @maheepkapoor@seemakhan76 @mallika_bhat@dollysidhwani @rozz_truly @natasha.poonawalla #bebo#ammuhottyat40#happy#40#saifu#happyhippee#goa”, Malaika captioned the picture.

Income Tax department attaches Shah Rukh Khan's Alibag farmhouse

The income-tax (I-T) department has provisionally attached actor Shah Rukh Khan’s farmhouse in Alibag, a beach town in Maharashtra.

The attachment notice was issued to Déjà Vu Farms under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions (PBPT) Act in December.

Confirming the development, a senior I-T officer said under Section 24 of the Act, if the investigating officer believed that the person was benamidar, he (the officer) could issue the attachment notice to that person or the property’s beneficial owner (if his or her identity was known).

According to the law, the attachment of the property could be for at most 90 days from the date the notice was issued, he said.

The circle rate of the attached property is Rs 146.7 million. However, the market price would be five times more, said another I-T official.

Considered a luxury property, the farmhouse is spread over 19,960 square metres and has amenities such as a swimming pool and private helipad.

An email sent to Khan’s company Red Chillies…

Baby girl's body found in Safdarjung hospital dustbin

The body of a new born baby girl was found in a dustbin close to the mortuary at the Safdarjung hospital on Monday morning. The father of the baby, who was later traced by the police, told them that the baby was born dead and as such he threw the body in the dustbin.

According to the police, a call was received at the Safdarjung Enclave police station regarding the body of a child lying inside the dustbin, which is situated behind the mortuary at the hospital.

When the police team reached the location, they spotted the body of a new born baby girl in the dustbin. "The label on the body of the child revealed that it belonged to a woman identified as Nisha (25) and she had delivered a dead baby girl on January 27," said a senior police officer.

Sooraj Pancholi charged with abetting Jiah Khan's suicide

Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi has been charged with 'abetment to suicide' for the death of actress Jiah Khan in 2013. A sessions court in Mumbai framed the charges against the 27-year-old actor, to which he pleaded not guilty.

"Sooraj pleaded innocence and the examination of witnesses will start from February 14," his lawyer Prashant Patil said.

According to the chargesheet, Jiah Khan, best known for her performance in film 'Nishabd' starring Amitabh Bachchan, was found hanging at her residence on June 3, 2013 by her mother Rabiya. She had left the house of Sooraj Pancholi, where she had been staying for the last two days, in the morning the same day, it said.

According to the CBI, Sooraj Pancholi had "hidden facts and fabricated information" during questioning.

Sooraj Pancholi, the son of Bollywood couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, had refused to undergo polygraph or brain-mapping tests which the agency wanted to conduct to get to the bottom o…

Subramanian Swamy's fiery remark on Mehbooba Mufti :Withdraw the FIR else her government would be toppled

NEW DELHI: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday tore into the Mehbooba Mufti led government in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) for filing an FIR against Army men over the killing of two civilians in Shopian district.

"What's this nonsense? Dismiss that government. Tell Mehbooba (Mufti) to withdraw the FIR else her government would be toppled," Swamy told news agency ANI.

Swamy's fiery remarks come days after two youths were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in J&K's Shopian district on Saturday, prompting chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to order an inquiry into the incident.

On Sunday, police filed an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army. A Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident, was also named in the FIR.

Zeenat Aman files molestation and stalking complaint against businessman

According Indian Express , Veteran Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman has filed a molestation and stalking complaint against a businessman, Mumbai Police said on Monday.

The complaint has been registered under sections 304 D (stalking) and 509 (insulting modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code. The police said the two had known each other for a while. However, the relationship had soured over some issues following which Aman had stopped talking to the businessman. Nevertheless, the businessman allegedly kept calling and following her.

After failing to convince the person to stop stalking, the veteran actress approached the police and filed the complaint at Juhu police station. An investigation has been launched into the matter . The businessman is reported to be absconding at the moment.


According to a story published in Bangalore Mirror , The investigation wing of the Income Tax Department has busted a fraudulent tax refund scam in Bengaluru in which a practicing chartered accountant was found to be filing false income tax returns and making fraudulent refund claims.

I-T sleuths searched the CA’s office on Wednesday established his modus operandi. The CA is said to have filed revised returns of salaried employees making false or inflated claims of loss from ‘house property’ and thus claiming refund fraudulently. He has filed nearly 1,000 returns claiming loss from ‘house property’ aggregating to Rs 18 crore.

Some of these employees are said to be working in over 50 reputed companies in the city including IBM, Vodafone, SAP Labs, Biocon, Infosys, ICICI Bank, CISCO, Thomson Reuters India Limited. The tax authorities questioned the employees and found that they had resorted to fraudulently claiming refunds by filing revised returns on their individual income.

According to …

Vijay Gokhale to take charge as Foreign Secy

Seasoned diplomat Vijay Gokhale will take charge as the next foreign secretary today, succeeding S Jaishankar.

A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is currently serving as the Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

He was India's Ambassador to China before moving back to the MEA in New Delhi. Gokhale will have a two-year tenure as the Foreign Secretary. He has also served as India's top envoy to Germany and worked in Indian missions in Hong Kong, Hanoi and in New York.

Dr Jaishankar was appointed foreign secretary in January 2015, for two years. He was given a one-year extension in January last year.

Earlier this month, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Gokhale to the post of Foreign Secretary.

Artika Shukla cracked IAS without any coaching

Artika was born in Varanasi. She has always been a brilliant student. In fact, her parents used to give quite a high importance to education. She is youngest among three siblings. Her eldest brother, Dr. B. K. Shukla, is a pediatrician and practicing in Kashi while the other brother, Gaurav Shukla, had cracked UPSC Civil Services in 2012 and got IAS. He is currently posted in Guahati.

Artika studied from St. John School, DLW, Varanasi. She was a throughout topper from this school. After schooling, she cracked pre medical test and went to MAMCH, New Delhi for MBBS. She has worked as an intern with Lok Nayak Hospital, Delhi and later joined PGIMER, Chandigarh as a Junior Intern. She is currently doing MD Pediatrics from Chandigarh. However, she will now go to Mussourie for IAS training. It was in 2013 when Artika decided to prepare for UPSC Civil Services. She couldn’t afford to give much time for preparation and was completely relying on the inputs for preparation from her IAS brother…

Rahul Gandhi to launch Congress election campaign in Meghalaya

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will kick off the election campaign of the party in poll bound Meghalaya on Tuesday with a musical festival showcasing the cultural diversity of state and will also hold meeting with religious heads and chiefs of traditional institutions. Election to the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly will be held on February 27.

India’s First all women operated railway station, acknowledged and appreciated by PM Modi in #MaanKiBaat

The Matunga suburban station on the Central Railway (CR) has found its way into the Limca Book of Records for having an all-woman staff, an official said today. The achievement comes six months after Matunga became the first railway station in the country to be run by an all- woman staff.

“We are happy to inform that six months after the CR appointed an all-woman staff at Matunga, this station has figured in the Limca Book of Records 2018,” said the Railway official. “The credit for this goes to CR General Manager D K Sharma, who started this initiative of empowering women,” he said.

The station is being manned exclusively by women staffers since July 2017, a first on the Indian Railways, he said. A team of 41 women staffers at the station includes personnel from the RPF, commercial and operating departments.These staffers work under the supervision of station manager Mamta Kulkarni

At least 36 dead as bus plunges off bridge in Bengal’s Murshidabad

At least 36 persons were killed after the bus they were travelling in smashed through the railing of a bridge and plunged into a canal at Daulatabad in Berhampore district of West Bengal on Monday.

Till 7:00 pm, rescuers fished out 36 bodies even as four cranes pulled the bus out of the canal, which flows into the Jalangi river, a tributary of the Hooghly.

Three of the dead were children, 14 were women and 20, men. Nine persons swam to safety after the incident which took place around 7 am.

District magistrate P Ulaganathan confirmed 36 were killed in the accident.

The toll is likely to rise as the North Bengal State Transport Corporation bus, headed from Domkal to Murshidabad, had more than 52 people in it, according to those who survived.

Rescue efforts continued late in the evening with the help of floodlights.

There was confusion over the reason of the accident. While some claimed the driver was trying to overtake another bus, others alleged the driver was speaking on his mobile …

Mahatma Gandhi was casteist and racist: US-based writer Sujatha Gidla at JLF

According to a story published in Hindustan Times Mahatma Gandhi was a “casteist and racist” who wanted to preserve the caste system and paid lip service to Dalit upliftment for political gain, Indian American writer Sujatha Gidla said here on Monday.

Gandhi only wished to “prettify” the caste system, the New York based Dalit writer said at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Sujata Gidla is a writer who published a book Ants Among Elephants

Foreign tourist arrivals hit an all-time high of 10 million last year,

Foreign tourist arrivals hit an all-time high of 10 million last year, bringing in over $27 billion, The Times of India reports. As a result, the country's rank on the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index has risen to 40 in 2017 from 65 in 2013. The government feels the improvement is on account of infrastructure development and promotion of theme-based and religious circuits. Tourism contributes 6.88% to the country’s GDP and accounts for 12% of total jobs, tourism minister Alphons Kannanthanam said.

India is planning to sell a major chunk of Vijay Mallya’s unpledged shares in United Breweries

India is planning to sell a major chunk of Vijay Mallya’s unpledged shares in United Breweries. The aim: raise more than ₹4,300 crore, almost half of what the self-exiled Mallya owes lenders. The Stock Holding Corporation of India has already transferred 4 crore of Mallya’s shares (15% of his holding in UB) to the Enforcement Directorate. Dutch brewer Heineken could use this as an opportunity to up its stake in UB from the current 43%. The Centre is trying to extradite Mallya back to India and a UK court is currently hearing the matter.

India will likely clock 7-7.5% growth next fiscal to reclaim the world's 'fastest-growing major economy' tag

India will likely clock 7-7.5% growth next fiscal to reclaim the world's 'fastest-growing major economy' tag, the Economic Survey 2017-18 said. Though exports and private investment are expected to improve, the survey acknowledged that fiscal management will be tricky in the coming year. In an interesting finding, it pointed out that the number of indirect taxpayers has gone up by 50% following the Goods and Services Tax rollout. Here are the highlights of the Economic Survey.

India will witness a 'Super Blue-Blood Moon' on January 31

India will witness a 'Super Blue-Blood Moon' on January 31, which is a total Blue Moon lunar eclipse. Such a phenomenon was last seen 152 years ago, on March 31, 1866. It will not be seen again for 11more years, till December 31, 2028.

The sky will offer up a combination of a Supermoon, a Blue Moon and a Blood Moon. Supermoon occurs when the moon is the closest to the earth; a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a month and a Blood Moon refers to the red hue assumed by the moon at the peak of a lunar eclipse.
The eclipse will start from 15:37 .

ITI Limited Celebrates 69th Republic Day of India

ITI Limited celebrated 69th Republic Day of India on 26th January 2018 with great fervor and enthusiasm at its Corporate Office in Bengaluru as well as in all units across the country.

The function began with the invocation song by ITI Central School students. Shri S. Gopu, CMD, ITI Limited, unfurled the national flag in the presence of Directors, Staff Members, Senior Executives, Representatives of Officers Association and Employees Union.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri S. Gopu informed about the performance of the company for the last one year. He said that ITI is now heading towards a great financial year 2017-18 as the company has won Rs 8000 Cr deal of Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) from the Ministry of Defence, Rs 800 Cr order for the supply of Smart Energy Meters from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and has achieved a significant milestone for outstanding performance in Government of India’s flagship project “BharatNet”. He congratulated employees…

By Invite , Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

You should know what you will get when you eat the fish from commercial fish production.

Parasites like sea lice, viruses, heavy metal, chemicals, antibiotic residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are some of the gifts that you get for free when you eat farmed fish.

In a typical aquaculture facility, fish eggs are raised in a hatchery. The young fish are then transferred to inland ponds, or sections of the sea separated from the main body by nets.

To increase the production and profits, the density of fish in these enclosures is kept very high – in fact, the owners keep stuffing fish in till they start dying off. 10% death is acceptable. It is only when the die off increases beyond 30% then stocking stops. These fish are so crowded that they resemble the chickens in poultries that cannot move their wings and sit huddled on A4 paper sizes of cage till they are killed. A 2.5-foot-long salmon is given 4 feet of water for its entire life – these fish normally swim hundreds of miles in o…

Jammu and Kashmir: Mobile internet services blocked in parts of Valley after 2 civilians killed in Army firing

Mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of Kashmir Valley amid a shutdown call by separatists today over the death of two civilians in Army firing in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday evening. The Army says the firing was in "self-defence" when its convoy came under "unprovoked and intense stone pelting" by a mob. The police have registered a case against the Army unit involved in the incident. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has ordered an inquiry into the incident; she also spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who said that she would seek a detailed report on the incident.

CONFIRMED: Donald Trump NOT invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Royal wedding

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle appear to have shunned Donald Trump from attending their wedding, after the US President admitted that he is unaware of any invitation.

Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny arrested as thousands protest against Putin

Video footage posted on social media showed Mr Navalny appearing on Moscow's main thoroughfare, a few hundred metres from the Kremlin, to join several hundred supporters taking part in the nationwide protest, which authorities had said was illegal.

He had only walked a short distance when he was surrounded by helmet-clad police officers.

They wrestled him to the ground on the pavement, and then dragged him feet first into the patrol wagon, the video footage showed.

Mr Navalny's personal Twitter feed carried a post to his followers saying he had been arrested.

"That does not matter. Come to Tverskaya," the post said.

Senior Congress leader P #Chidambaram slammed the Modi government for its claims of job creation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark on a television interview about whether a person earning Rs. 200 a day selling "pakodas" can be considered unemployed, had triggered a debate on social media.#Chidambaram said the #Modi dispensation was “clueless” on how to create jobs and cautioned people against an "assault on our commonsense by wild claims of job creation by the government".In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said that the government is "clueless" on creating jobs.

Golmaal Again actress Parineeti Chopra flaunts her stretch marks and the internet absolutely loves it

Parineeti Chopra signed off with Kill Dil before she decided to dedicate two crucial years of her life to fitness. Shedding her cherubic image for a hot-bod to die for, Pari made a comeback on the celluloid with a bang. The actress returned to movies with Meri Pyaari Bindu alongside the dimpled heartthrob Ayushmann Khurrana but it was Rohit Shetty's multi-starrer horror comedy Golmaal Again which put her back on the map. The 29-year-old, who is busy filming for her next project with her co-star of her debut film, Arjun Kapoor, is making headlines, but for all the right reasons. Also read: Parineeti Chopra to have a working Valentine's Day and Arjun Kapoor is a part of it On Friday, Pari took to Instagram to a share a picture of herself wherein she is posing for the camera in a crop top and denim jacket paired with cool blue sunglasses by Drishti Platinum. Little did the 29-year-old starlet know that her upload would take the world of social media by storm, for having flaunt…

Who is trying to save MLA Katare?

BHOPAL : The state government is trying its best to save Hemant Katare, who had entered the Vidhan Sabha a couple months after winning by-polls from Ater constituency in Bhind district, as the Congress nominee.

Three videos of the woman who has been arrested on the charge of blackmailing the MLA have surfaced so far. On Saturday, a video of her mother also came into circulation. Katare is busy defending himself. Screenshots of his WhatsApp chats with the woman have also come to the fore. A video of Vikramjit Singh, a co-accused in the case, is also doing the rounds on the social media, in which he claims that the woman had close relations with Katare.The cops have accessed the call details of the woman but have refused to say whether she used to converse with Katare. In the video released before her arrest, the woman blames Katare but in the subsequent one, she gives a clean-chit to him.

The police are yet to reveal whether the woman was in a relationship with Katare. They have yet to …

Mumbai MRI death case: FIR registered; doctor on duty, two other staff suspended

Mumbai: In a freaking incident, a 32-year-old man died after he was sucked into a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI ) machine in Mumbai's Nair Hospital on Saturday evening.

Rajesh Maru, a salesman at a garment shop, had entered the room with an oxygen cylinder to help an elderly patient at the behest of a ward boy. Metals are not allowed inside the MRI room.

“He (Maru) was admitted into MRI room with an oxygen tank when no metal items are allowed. Hospital attendant at MRI room said that the MRI machine was not switched on, but he could go in. He was pulled in by the magnetic force of the machine. He was shifted to trauma but died later,” said a relative of the victim.

According to Maru's brother-in-law, Harish Solanki, the deceased had gone to visit his mother who was admitted to the hospital.

"He went there to visit my ailing mother but we did not know he would meet such a fate. We all are in shock. A ward boy told him to carry an oxygen cylinder with him to MRI room which …

Soon, MNC restaurant at Bhopal airport for quality food

BHOPAL: Now, passengers at Bhopal airport are all set to get delicious cuisines of international standard. A quality food outlet is likely to come up in the next two months as part of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) scheme of master concessionaire.
A team of architect and the Kanpur-based food company officials visited the airport recently to check what kind of outlets could be set up at the airport. At present, the airport has a small outlet constructed on 28 sqm area. This will be extended to 149sqm under the master concessionaire concept.

Madhya Pradesh governor opens Raj Bhavan to children

BHOPAL: Raj Bhawan Bhopalwill now be open for kids, thanks to the new Governor of state, Anandiben Patel - who issued instructions in this regard on Saturday.
The move is aimed to encourage students to do big in life, said officials. The Governor made the announcement while interacting with students from the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe (SC/ST), who participated in the leadership development camp at Raj Bhawan in the day

Officials said that Rashtrapati Bhavan too remains open for public on select days in a week. So far, there was no such provision for children to visit the Governor house, but now they would be able to see it, they said.

NHAI approves Rs 866 crore project in Madhya Pradesh

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded a Rs 866 crore project in Madhya Pradesh for widening of a stretch on National Highways No 12, the government said today.

The NHAI has issued Letter of Award (LOA) for the development of Hiran River to Sindoor River stretch on NH 12 to Krishna Constructions-Gawar Construction Ltd JV, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

The 866.39 crore project would be implemented on EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) mode in 24 months, it said. "It includes upgradation of the highway from 2 lane to 4 lane with rigid pavement (cement concrete road), along with construction of 4 major bridges, 20 minor bridges, 9 underpasses at the location of minor junction and 29 minor junctions for the free and safe movement of road users".

Congress MLA's 'Blackmailer' in judicial custody

BHOPAL: According to a report published by Times of India, a journalism student, who was caught by crime branch sleuths on Wednesday for allegedly blackmailing Congress MLA Hemant Katare, was produced in the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Prakash Uike and sent to jail on judicial custody. Hemant Katare is elder Son of  Late Shri. Satyadev Katare who was a senior politican.

The accused was caught while accepting Rs 5 lakh from the Congress MLA who she was allegedly blackmailing, claiming she had his 'objectionable' video which she would make viral, if he failed to concede her demands. She was demanding Rs 2 crore from Katare, who lodged a complaint with the police.

Crime branch of Bhopal police laid a trap and caught her while she was taking Rs five lakh from the Congress legislator on Wednesday. Her male accomplice is still absconding.

Govt announces Padma Awards: Here are the winners

The government on Thursday announced the Padma award winners on the eve of Republic Day. MS Dhoni has got Padma Bhushan Award. Illyaraja got the prestigious Padma Vivhushan Award.Lakshmikutty, a tribal woman from Kerala, who prepares 500 herbal medicine from memory and help thousands of people especially in snake and insect bite cases, is among the awardees.

She teaches at Kerala Folklore Academy and lives in a small hut made of palm leaves roof in tribal settlement in a forest. She is the only tribal woman from her area to attend school in the 1950s.

Arvind Gupta, an IIT Kanpur alumnus who inspired generations of students to learn science from thrash, has also been honoured with Padma Shri.

Gupta visited 3,000 schools in four decades, made 6,200 short films on toy-making in 18 languages and also hosted popular TV show Tarang in 1980s.

Internationally-acclaimed Gond artist Bhajju Shyam has also been awarded the Padma Shri.

Shyam is famous for depicting Europe through Gond paintings, a trib…

Ilaiyaraaja honoured with Padma Vibhushan

Music composer Ilaiyaraaja was on Thursday honoured with the second highest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan, by the Government of India. Ilaiyaraaja has mainly composed for Tamil films but has also given music to various Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. In a career spanning over four decades, the legendary composer has given music in over 1000 films.

Ilaiyaraaja has won five National Film Awards, three for Music Direction and two for Background Score. His last National Film Award was for the Tamil film Tharai Thappattai, which he won for background score. He is also an instrumentalist, singer and songwriter.

Is it Karni Sena or Madhya Pradesh Rajput Samaj?

It's not Karni Sena but Madhya Pradesh Rajput Samaj that is spearheading the campaign against Padmaavat in MP. And those at the forefront of the agitation are well educated, affluent members of society. Their grouse is that films turn heroes and historical characters into caricatures.

The president of Madhya Pradesh Rajput Samaj is Lt. (retd) Vinay Bhadoria, and IIM-Indore graduate Ramveer Singh Sikarwar heads the organization's youth wing.

‘Padmaavat’ gets smooth clearance for Pakistan release

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic drama “Padmaavat” was on Wednesday cleared for release in Pakistan, said the censor board’s top official.

“‘Padmaavat’ has been declared fit for public exhibition in the cinema houses without any excision by Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC),” Mobashir Hasan told agencies from Islamabad.According to some distributors in Pakistan, there were apprehensions over the movie given the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji.

Asked about it, Hasan said: “CBFC isn’t biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment.”

He said that for the film’s certification, the CBFC co-opted Professor Waqar Ali Shah, Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-e-Azam University as per rules.

“A co-opted member has no voting rights. They are for expert opinion,” Hasan explained.

“Padmaavat” is set for a worldwide release on Thursday.

Lizard genitals were being sold as hatha jodi

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India has launched a crackdown on traders selling dried penises of Indian monitor lizard online and passing them off as the rare hatha jodi plant.

Hatha jodi is a root that is found in some remote regions of Nepal and India. The name comes from its shape, which can be imagined as a pair of hands held in supplication. Many believe hatha jodi to be a good luck charm and it is also used in occult practices.

The fraud was exposed by a group of Indian and British researchers associated with the London-based non-profit World Animal Protection. They tipped off the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, which launched a crack down in early May.

So far, the bureau’s sleuths, along with state police and forest officials, have raided traders in Telangana, Odisha, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, said a senior official in the bureau who asked not be identified because he was involved in the ongoing operation.India is home to four species of monitor lizard – Bengal monitor, wa…

Lalu Yadav, Jagannath Mishra get 5 year sentence in 3rd case of fodder scam

Another former Chief Minister JagannathMishra, Former Bihar minister Vidyasagar Nishad, ex-Bihar Assembly PAC chief Jagdish Sharma, former MLAs DhruvBhagat and R K Rana and three ex-IAS officers are also among the 50 persons who have been convicted.

Lalu Yadav has been sentenced to five years in jail & has to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh. Jagannath Mishra has also GOT 5 years jail term. Of the total 76 accused, 14 had died, three turned approvers, one is absconding and two others were already convicted.

Out of the remaining 56 accused, two government servants and four fodder suppliers were acquitted.

And after the verdict leaders across the political spectrum slammed LaluYadav though , RJD says they will approach the higher court .

On January 6, the RJD leader was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by another CBI judge in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84. 54 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

Lalu had been convicted in …

US drone strike kills top Haqqani commander, 2 militants in Pakistan

A top commander of the Haqqani network along with two others were killed on Wednesday when a US drone struck a home near Pakistan's restive tribal Kurram agency bordering Afghanistan, media reports said.

Two missiles were fired from the drone at the house in Speen Thall area on the confluence of borders between Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Orakzai agency.

Haqqani Network Commander Ehsan alias Khawari and two of his companions were reportedly killed during the strike conducted in North Waziristan, Dawn news reported.

The drone strikes, carried out by US spy planes, targeted the house belonging to Afghan refugees, the report said.

Local sources belonging to the Orakzai Agency said that the strike was carried out on the Haqqani Network hideout.

On January 17, in the first drone strike of the year, one man was severely injured in Kurram agency's Badshah Kot area near the Pak-Afghan border.

Drone strikes have surged in Kurram agency in the wake of US President Donald Trump…

Sridevi looks strikingly different. Has she undergone lip job?

With the advent of social media, nothing remains hidden, especially if it is related to a celebrity. Any news about them or change in their look spreads like a wildfire. And, the latest victim seems to be Sridevi. After Esha Gupta's lip job reports, it is being said that veteran actress Sridevi has gone under the knife for fuller and plumper lips.Social media says that her lips look weirdly different and is a clear case of surgery. The actress was recently spotted at director Anurag Basu's Saraswati Puja and a video taken at the puja is doing the rounds on social media. Have a look at pictures.Even earlier, Sridevi has been questioned regarding lip job but the actress has refuted such reports. It was around her comeback film English Vinglish when she came under such speculations. At that time, she insisted that her change in appearance is because of her devotion to fitness and health.

Three porn stars who made news this Month : Nikita Baluchi, Mia Malkova & Stephanie Clifford

This month three porn stars was in focus of the international media.

1. Stephanie Clifford : The Wall Street Journal last week reported that Trump’s personal lawyer brokered a payment to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to prohibit her from publicly discussing the alleged affair before the presidential election.

3.Mia Malkova : 
Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford. Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, has denied there was any relationship. He gave the Journal a statement from a person identified as Stormy Daniels denying receiving “hush money.”

The AP reported that a tabloid magazine held back from publishing her 2011 account of their relationship after Cohen threatened to sue.

2. Nikita Baluchi : Nikita Baluchi, France's most celebrated porn star, has shared her experience with the micro blogging site Twitter. 28-year-old Nikita shared a screenshot of a message on social media that was sent to her by a 12-year-old child. In the message, the child has expressed th…

Uttar Pradesh is celebrating its foundation day on today

A state cabinet meeting chaired by Yogi Adityanath decided on Tuesday to celebrateJanuary 24 every year as Foundation Day of Uttar Pradesh. Several functions have been organised across the state on the occasion. The main function will be held in Lucknow. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will be the Chief Guest. “It is a matter of pride for every state tocelebrate its Foundation Day. As UP does not have its prescribed Foundation Day, the Yogi government has decided to celebrate it.

Is Karni Sena above supreme court and Indian Government ?

The Karni Sena has announced a Bharat Bandh on January 25th and threatens to burn multiplexes that screen the movie Padmaavat. The film is visually stunning & has great performances. It is more about Khilji, his sexuality & his obsessions. The actual history cannot be distorted especially when you are dealing with a historical topic like that of queen Padmavati and Jauhar. The mental and emotional turmoil that these women must have gone through isn’t a topic which can be depicted in the right way through a commercial Bollywood cinema. Bhansali said that he has made the movie based on Padmavat, written by Khilji’s court poet, in which there is a dream sequence.The movie release is objected by VHP and Karni Sena both . The question is that Indian government is capable of maintaining law and order or not. The reviews have been given by so many well known and reputed news channels and journalists including CNN News, Rajat Sharma and Arnab Goswami and all of them are nearly say…

Who is Vatal Nagaraj ? The man who called Karnataka band on Jan 25 prior to Modi's visit

Kannada organisations on Wednesday extended their support to the Karnataka bandh called on January 25, demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene to find a solution to the Mahadayi issue.

Speaking to reporters, Vatal Nagaraj of Kannada Okkuta said all Kannada organisations, the Kannada filmdom, hotel owners and educational institutions should support the bundh. Goa Irrigation Minister Vinod Palyekar should apologise for his derogatory comments against Kannadigas, he added.

Vatal Nagaraj is a pioneer of sorts. Being a hardcore bengalurian, he foresaw danger to kannada , kannadigas and Karnataka from outside migrants. This was about 4 decades back…..he conceived Kannada Chaluvali (Kannada Campaign) and started a party called Kannada Chaluvali Paksha. He was MLA from this party…

He is one person in Karnataka who surfaces whereever or whenever Kannada stakes are involved. At the same time he never hobnobbed with mainstream parties, never sought power, nor got into any communal…

Hassan Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri has been transferred just weeks before Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations in the district.

Hassan Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri has been transferred just weeks before Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations in the district.

Sindhuri was overseeing arrangements for the upcoming celebrations at Shravanabelegola and the news of her transfer elicited a strong reaction from leaders of BJP and JD(S). She had taken over as DC of Hassan in July 2017 and becomes the latest civil officer to be transferred in less than a year’s time of duty in the state.

The Mahamastakabhisheka is an important Jain festival held once in twelve years at Shravanabelegola in Hassan district. It is set to take place from February 17-21. The BJP has alleged that the transfer has happened due to disagreements between the officer and the Chief Minister's office over the festival.

BJP State President, BS Yeddyurappa, called the transfer unceremonious and said that there was no place for honest offers in the Siddaramaiah government