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MNS’ threat to oust Pakistani artists from India divides Bollywood

L to R: Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Anupam Kher and Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Pakistani actors, in Bollywood, found themselves in hot water when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) ordered all the Pakistani artists on Friday, to vacate India, following the tension between both the countries. The recent attacks on Uri in Kashmir triggered the MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who gave a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artists, to leave India, as he felt that these artists had refused to condemn the Uri attack.

According to a report in Dawn, Karan Johar, whose upcoming movie ?Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, is almost on the brink of being banned by the MNS, said, I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us. I empathise and my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then, you are faced in a situation such as this (asking for ban on Pak artistes). If this was truly a solution, one would take it, Johar, whose upcoming directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

He further added, But this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art.

Salman Khan, not known to mince words, said, Pakistani artists are not terrorists and they come to India with proper visa and work permit. The tension between the two nations has resulted in the cancellation of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam’s concerts in Bengaluru and Gurgaon.

Apart from celebrities like Karan Johar and Salman Khan, even Shahrukh Khan was under attack by some, for roping in Pakistani actress Mahira Khan for his upcoming film Raees.

Veteran actor Suresh Oberoi too protested against MNS? decision of expelling Pakistani artists by saying that said artists should not be treated like terrorists. He said, Pakistani artists are also artists and not terrorists. What is their fault in all this

The Student of the Year actor Varun Dhawan too had a similar stand to that of his debut films director Karan Johar had. Dhawan said, If by banning actors, terrorism can be stopped then they should do it. That is something the government needs to decide first.

While these actors strongly opposed to the idea of ousting Pakistani actors, Anupam Kher, who has always voiced his opinion fearlessly in the past, told The Times of India, It is really important to say that I condemn the unfortunate massacre of Indian soldiers. The Pakistani actors need to do that. We have always shown our goodness and friendship, but at times it is taken as a sign of weakness. There are some people from Pakistan who are wonderful and are great hosts. But when it comes to my country and my soldiers, I cannot be diplomatic. I’m biased towards my country.

Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has been vociferous in his anger against Pakistan. He has called for ActAgainstPak and called ?Johars, Bhatts, Khans traitors. Shame on Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt for breeding, feeding them, he wrote on Twitter.

Lata Mangeshkar, who announced that she wouldn’t celebrate her 87th birthday to condemn Uri attacks, said, I don’t know if I am qualified to comment on such matters or not. But yes, I do wonder why nations don’t keep their own house in order instead of creating havoc in others domain. Why hurl bombs at nations Hatred kills. Why not work on making our own country beautiful??

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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