Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was granted bail minutes after he was sentenced to three years in jail with a fine of ₹2,000 in a hate speech case over remarks that he made in 2019 about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Khan has been given seven days to appeal against the verdict to a higher court. Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur court found him guilty earlier on Thursday, October 27.
Azam Khan, has been accused of extortion, criminal conspiracy, and theft in more than 90 cases. He was detained by the police in 2020 and spent 27 months in custody before being freed on bail.
The Kashmir Files felt like propaganda, vulgar and inappropriate: Israeli director, Nadav Lapid
One film that was much talked about and gathered controversy this year is ‘The Kashmir Files’. And actor Anupam Kher, who played a central role in the film, is applauded for his acting. But, a recent video released from the film festival has gone viral. The video shows IFFI Jury Head, Nadav Lapid making controversial remarks about the film. And it’s confirmed by a team member of IFFI that the Israeli filmmaker made the remark at the closing ceremony.
“I would like to thank the head of the festival and the director of the programming for the cinematic richness of the programme, for its diversity, for its complexity. It was intense. We saw seven films in the debutant competition, and 15 films in the international competition, the front window of the festival. 14 out of them had cinematic qualities, defaults and evoked vivid discussions,” said Nadav Lapid in his speech.
Calling ‘The Kashmir Files’ ‘propaganda’ and ‘vulgar’, he further added, “We all were shocked and disturbed after watching ‘The Kashmir Files’. The film felt like propaganda, vulgar and inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I don’t mind sharing my feelings openly in front of you all. In the spirit of this festival, I’m ready to accept a critical discussion, which is important for art and life.”
These statements of Lapid didn’t go well with actor Anupam Kher. He tweeted, “No matter how high the height of the lie is.. It is always small in comparison to the truth.” The actor also attached pictures from ‘The Kashmir Files’ and Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Schindler’s List’ with his tweet.
Tata Sons, Singapore Airlines to merge Vistara, Air India by March 2024
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Tata Sons have coincided to merge Air India and Vistara. SIA will be investing ₹2,058.5 Cr in Air India as part of the transaction. This will give SIA 25.1 percent stake in an enlarged Air India group.
SIA said, “Based on SIA’s 25.1 per cent stake post-completion, its share of any additional capital injection could be up to ₹50,2000 lakh, payable only after the completion of the merger.”
Tata group owns 51 percent stake in Vistara, whereas 49 percent is held by SIA. With Vistara and Air India’s merger, Tata Sons is aiming to keep only one airline brand under its ambit.
Over past few months, Air India and Vistara have been competing for the number two spot in India. After the merger, Air India will become country’s largest airline behind IndiGo.
Around a year ago, Since Tata bought Air India for ₹18,000 Cr as part of a government disinvestment. The company is also planning to merge other airlines under one brand. That would include Air Asia India and Air India Express.
Chairman of Tata Sons N Chandrasekaran while commenting on the merger said, ‘the merger of Vistara and Air India is an important milestone in the journey to make Air India a truly world-class airline.’
The CEO of SIA Goh Choon Phong said, “We will work together to support Air India’s transformation program, unlock its significant potential, and restore it to its position as a leading airline on the global stage.”
Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan said, “Air India is a legendary brand with a rich legacy that pioneered civil aviation in India. There is enormous potential for an airline group with the scale and network of the combined entity.”
The proposed deal is expected to be complete by March 2024.
Nagpur’s Shah Rukh Khan fan club turns 5; treats underprivileged children
“There’s no other way for us to celebrate our idol Shah Rukh Khan and our fan club that’s dedicated to him. We have learnt compassion, generosity and humility from SRK himself. How can we not celebrate him and our fan club his way?,” quipped Khalid Ahmed, founder at FANs of SRK NAGPUR.
Ahmed founded the fan club in 2018 along with some of his friends in Nagpur with an intention to show his love towards the superstar, promote his films and do charity by helping the underprivileged from time to time.
After completing five years of FANs of SRK NAGPUR, Ahmed, along with his club members, again set out to feed the underprivileged. The fan club also took to twitter to share the same.
The tweet read, “Started like a fan of SRK and today on the occasion of completing 5 years of our club, we celebrated the day by distributing snacks in the name of our Idol.”
Started like a fan of SRK and today on the occasion of completing 5 years of our club, we celebrated the day by distributing snacks in the name of our Idol. @iamsrk#ShahRukhKhan#5YrsOfFansOfSRKNagpur pic.twitter.com/P5wjJh9vhm
— FANs OF SRK NAGPUR (@Fansofsrknagpur) November 27, 2022
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