Padmavati controversy: Bhansali, Joshi to meet parliamentary panel, Actor-MPs Paresh Rawal and Raj Babbar are also part of the panel. “Padmavati” director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Central Board of Film Certification chief Prasoon Joshi will appear before a parliamentary panel on Thursday to discuss the controversy surrounding the period drama, sources in the censor board said. Mr. Bhansali left this morning for the meeting expected to be held this afternoon.
Cyclone Ockhi moving away from Kerala coast, heavy rains lash Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, The southern districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu received heavy rainfall as Cyclone Ockhi, which originated near the Sri Lankan coast, rattled through the Arabian Sea towards Lakshwadeep islands. “It is currently 100 kilometres away from Thiruvananthapuram and moving in the south-west direction. The cyclone is getting stronger but it is moving away from the Kerala coast,” said Sudevan, IMD Director, adding that it will pass through the sea between Kerala and the Lakshwadeep islands.
Over 200 terrorists killed in J&K in 2017, says DGP Vaid, For the first time in seven years, the number of terrorists killed in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir has crossed 200, according to the state police. “Today by the collective effort of @JmuKmrPolice, Indian Army, @crpfindia, CAPF and people of Kashmir have led to neutralisation of more than 200 terrorists in the year of 2017 alone,” Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid tweeted. The DGP’s tweet came on a day five terrorists were killed in two separate encounters by the security forces in Kashmir’s Budgam and Baramulla districts, officials said.
Activists welcome order, industry concerned.,The order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court calling a halt to river sand mining has evoked strong reactions — glee among environmentalists and alarm in the construction industry. “The court order is a boon to us and a big blow to the sand mafia. The government should cooperate with the judiciary to end sand mining permanently,” said A.V. Gopala Desikan, a farmer-activist of Kulithalai in Karur district who has been fighting against sand mining in Cauvery river.
Chandigarh gangrape: Three accused sent to police custody for two days, THE THREE men, accused of raping a 22-year-old woman at Sector here in Chandigarh, were produced in court on Wednesday on production warrant. The court remanded the accused – Mohammad Irfan (29), Mohammad Garib (21) and Kismat Ali alias Poppu (21) – in two days’ police custody. The three would be produced in court again on December 1. The prosecution sought two days’ police remand for the accused and the court granted that. The prosecution mentioned that the remand was needed to recreate the crime scene with the three accused and also to find where the accused went after the incident, what was their plan and whether they were involved in any other crime in Chandigarh or elsewhere. The prosecution also said that during the remand, their DNA test would be conducted to prove their allegations in court with substantial proof.
Delhi tops crime chart among 19 major cities, Delhi has reported the maximum number of rape cases amongst 19 major cities at 40 percent, besides the highest crime rate in 201, according to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) today. The national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles in conflict and economic offences.Delhi reported 33 percent (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women followed by Mumbai at 12.3 percent (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million.
Hippo calf born at zoo, Even as the death of the male hippo Dalapathi recently had shocked zoo officials and animal lovers, there finally seems to be good news from one of the favourite enclosures of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park. The female hippo, Padma, delivered a calf three days ago and both mother and offspring are said to be in good health. The staff and officials of the zoo park are keeping a close watch on the mother and the newborn, which are kept away from the public enclosure. But the gender of the newborn is yet to be ascertained.
Firm gets the stick, fined for taking hockey player for Mrs Punjaban ride, JOY DEEP Kaur, an international hockey player of India, was prompted and induced by Vibrant Concepts, an event management company, to take part in the Mrs Punjaban International 2016. And, though she paid Rs 35,000 to the firm, the event did not take place. The consumer forum has now directed the company to refund Rs 35,000 to Kaur with a fine of Rs 15,000. Kaur, a resident of Sector 27 in Chandigarh, said she was told by the company that the event would be held in October 2016 and at the time of participation, various allurements were given to her. For instance, she had to go through a four-five day grooming session under the guidance of their expert panel of grooming consultants, trainers and image consultants in the area of stage presence, styling, personality development, skin care, choreography, fitness and much more. Kaur said apart from paying the money, she had to spend approximately Rs 1 lakh for the preparation.
DMK flays TN govt for making Tamil not compulsory for Class X students from other states, The DMK on Thursday criticised the state government for amending the Tamil Compulsory Learning Act 2006 to make learning Tamil not compulsory for Class X for students from other states.”While neighbouring states like Karnataka are making the local language compulsory for all students from Class 1 to Class 10, the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has amended the Tamil Compulsory Learning Act 2006,” said DMK working president M K Stalin in a statement.
Four killed, 23 missing as storm hits Sri Lanka, Storms with heavy rain and winds across Sri Lanka have left at least four people dead and several fishermen are among 23 people missing, government sources said. The Disaster Management Center said Thursday up to 150 mm more rain could fall from a deep depression 200 km off the coast of the capital, Colombo. It says 13 of the people reported missing are fishermen in four boats. The navy has deployed a search team to find the missing fishermen. Sri Lanka has faced natural calamities frequently in recent years. More than 200 people were killed in mudslides and floods during the monsoon rain last May.
Vietnam court upholds jail term for blogger Mother Mushroom , The lawyer for Vietnamese blogger Mother Mushroom says an appeals court has upheld her 10-year jail sentence for Facebook posts alleged to be anti-state propaganda. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was convicted in June of spreading propaganda by distorting government policies and defaming the Communist regime. Lawyer Nguyen Ha Luan says the People’s High Court determined after a half-day hearing today that the conviction by the instant court was justified. Quynh maintained she was innocent throughout the trial, Luan says, adding she admitted to have written the articles, but they did not constitute a crime.
Europe’s Muslim population to grow, migration or not, Europe’s Muslim population will continue to grow over the next several decades even if all immigration to the continent should stop, according to a study published on Thursday. The Pew Research Center report modeled three scenarios for estimating the number of Muslims who would be living in Europe by 2050. All three used a mid-2016 estimate of 25.8 million as a baseline, but assumed different future migration rates. Under the “zero migration” scenario, an estimated 30 million Muslims would make up 7.4 percent of Europe’s population by 2050 compared to the 4.9 percent they comprised last year, the report projected. The researchers said that is mostly because Muslims are on average 13 years younger than other Europeans and also have a higher birthrate, the Pew researchers said.