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In response to the uproar caused by Salman Khan's statement that he felt as worn out as a "raped woman" after his intense physical exertion during the shooting of his upcoming film Sultan, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has supported him. Siddiqui, who has worked with Khan in Kick (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), said that the intention behind the statement should be borne in mind, rather than taking the words literally.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale will be in the UK on 31 July to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, its overseas wing, and will be joined by celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Richard Branson and Sir David Attenborough. The Hindu nationalist group has roped in DiCaprio, a vegan, to bring his star power to its anti-beef movement.
Aveek Sarkar, Chief Editor of the ABP Group of Publications, has resigned after more than three decades with the group. His brother, Arup Sarkar, who has been the editor of the Group's Bengali magazines, is taking over as the Group Chief Editor. Aveek, 71, will continue to play an advisory role as editor (emeritus) and vice chairman of the company, and lead the digital initiatives at the group.
Despite PM Narendra Modi urging President Xi Jinping to support India's bid for membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), China continued its opposition to India's entry, which resulted in a deadlocked meeting in Seoul. Along with China, Turkey, Austria, New Zealand and Ireland also opposed India's entry, saying that an NPT exception should not be made for any one country.
Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar welcomed the appointment of Anil Kumble as India’s head coach, by saying that it was going to be 'achhe din' for Indian cricket. The BCCI authorities appointed Kumble on Thursday as the head coach of the Indian cricket team for a period of one year.
The Congress party may be planning to revive itself with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra entering active politics during the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Reports suggest that Ghulam Nabi Azad, the new Congress general secretary in-charge of state, suggested an executive role for Priyanka.
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A high-profile Pakistani cleric who posed for selfies with a model termed as "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" has been suspended from a senior government committee. Mufti Abdul Qavi was removed from the country's moon-sighting committee which decides when the ongoing holy month of Ramzan begins and ends. The model and social media starlet Qandeel Baloch is infamous in Pakistan for posting suggestive photos.
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan who recently amassed 20 million fans on Twitter, has also acquired a sleek BMW i8 hybrid to his existing fleet of cars. The car sports a price tag of ₹2.29 crore (ex-showroom), and is the first ever plug-in hybrid sports car from BMW. But when Khan took the car out for a spin, the white mammoth beauty was stopped short in its tracks because a homeless woman jumped in front of it, begging for money.
After trying to get a visa for 10 years, Pakistan finally granted the wish of a 91-year-old who wanted to visit the home of his childhood 'one last time'. A sports goods shop owner from Meerut, Krishna Khanna grew up with his grandfather at their home in Udhoke, Pakistan.
Violence is so common in the Indian family, it has tragically been accepted as normal. If you haven't been hit by your parents, your friends have. Accounts of being slapped as kid, hit with slippers and belts are ordinary, and even narrated with fond nostalgia, writes Dushyant Arora in Bangalore Mirror. "I also don't understand how it is okay for the state to intervene if you're hitting your adult spouse but not if you're hitting your child. However, a sudden outright criminalisation of corporal punishment at home might not be ideal. It is critical that the "social and educational" part of the convention cited above precedes and gradually leads to criminalisation or fines," he says.
While the European experience suggests that there is a lack of clarity on what constitutes hate speech, it is perhaps safer to err on the side of freedom than caution, writes V Ramasubramanian in The Hindu. "To a large extent, there is lack of clarity on what a hate speech is. The Code of Conduct formulated on 31 May, 2016 adopted the definition of 'hate speech' as found in Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November, 2008, to mean all conduct publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin... But there's still confusion at the ground level as seen from several cases... Therefore, on the question whether to allow free speech including hate speech or to allow only hate-free speech, it would be better to adopt the approach of former US President Woodrow Wilson who said: 'The greatest freedom of speech is the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking'," he says.
With two custodians like Pankaj Nihalani and Gajendra Chauhan stationed in such important postitions, Indian cinema is today little more than a hapless, orphaned child, writes Sunanda Mehta for The Indian Express. "To cut a long story short, in the span of a little more than a year, two critical points to the hugely impactful world of cinema have as its guardians men who are not just seen to be stooges of the government, but also persons who have are perceived to have shown an absolute lack of spine when it comes to standing up for their own fraternity," she says.
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