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Shabana Azmi calls for IFFI boycott after anti-Padmavati protests

Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) Never one to mince words, Shabana Azmi is vocal about her distaste for the baseless anti-Padmavati protests. She feels it's time for the film industry to take a collective stand against the ugly controversies and protests surrounding the release of Padmavati. The entire film industry should boycott the IFFI next month in Goa in protest against the threats is...

12 hours ago
Rajput leader alleges Bhansali 'kicks up controversies' ahead of film release

Gandhinagar, Nov 18 (IANS) Amid growing protests over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the leader of a Rajput group in Gujarat has criticised the filmmaker, alleging it was a tactic of Bhansali to always create a controversy ahead of his film's release to create a boom at the box-office. Protests against Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati are burgeoning around the country, and has als...

18 hours ago
Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas

Edinburgh, Nov 18 (IANS) An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by Santa and reindeer, the media reported on Saturday. Father Desmond O'Donnell said Christians of any denomination need to accept Christmas now has no sacred meaning, reports the Guardian. O'Donnell's comments follow calls from a right-wing pr...

18 hours ago
Film industry should boycott IFFI over 'Padmavati' row: Shabana Azmi

Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Saturday urged the Indian film industry to boycott the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa to protest against the threats to actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on their upcoming film Padmavati. The entire film industry should boycott IFFI in protest against the threats to Deepika Padukone,...

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Don't boycott President's visit, Manipur CM tells militants

Imphal, Nov 17 (IANS) Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday urged a grouping of outlawed groups not to boycott President Ram Nath Kovind's maiden visit to Manipur and other states in the northeast from November 19. The Coordinating Committee (Corcom), an apex body of six outlawed organisations in Manipur, has called for a 26-hour general strike to protest against the President's visit....

1 day ago
Huawei removes advert of product 'favouring Muslims'

Beijing, Nov 17 (IANS) Chinese technology giant Huawei has removed a commercial of its latest product after it was accused by netizens of favouring Muslims. Huawei said some people viciously attacked its latest product's alarm function. It issued a statement on Thursday saying the alarm function was specifically designed for customers in overseas regions and was not available in China, t...

2 days ago
Kerala's ruling partners CPI-M, CPI spar in the open

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 16 (IANS) The Kerala unit of the two Communist parties - CPI-M and CPI - the number one and two parties in the ruling Left Democratic Front on Thursday openly came out against each other. The immediate provocation for this was the manner in which four CPI state Ministers boycotted Wednesday's weekly cabinet meeting in protest against the presence of tainted State ...

3 days ago
Let us not speculate on Chandy's resignation, says Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 15 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that there was no need to speculate on Transport Minister Thomas Chandy's resignation, adding the NCP has sought time to discuss the same with its national leadership. This came after the Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed Chandy's petition against the District Collector's report in Lake Palace...

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'S Durga' director moves HC against exclusion from IFFI

Kochi, Nov 14 (IANS) Malayalam filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan has moved the Kerala High Court against the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and officials of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for illegal, arbitrary and unjust exclusion of his movie S Durga from the final selection. I have filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala against this u...

6 days ago
Bihar contractual teachers threaten strike

Patna, Nov 12 (IANS) Nearly 3.5 lakh school teachers working on contract in Bihar on Sunday threatened to go on strike from February 1, 2018, in case the state government failed to decide on equal pay for equal work for them. At a meeting of 23 different organisations, the school teachers hired on contract have given an ultimatum to the state government to order equal pay for equal work ...

11 days ago
Telangana BJP MLA threatens to burn theatres screening 'Padmavati'

Hyderabad, Nov 7 (IANS) A legislator of BJP from Hyderabad has threatened to burn down theatres in Telangana if they screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, which is slated for release next month. T. Raja Singh, a member of Telangana assembly, called upon people to boycott the movie, saying as an attempt is being made to denigrate Rajput community. The MLA even announced that h...

12 days ago
Manipur to host International Sangai fest from Nov 21

Imphal, Nov 6 (IANS) Manipur is to host the 10-day Sangai International Festival beginning November 21, that will feature polo and a 21-km half marathon among other activities, with most countries confirming their participation. The event will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind. Most of the Southeast Asian countries are expected to participate in the colourful festival. Most of ...

12 days ago
Sharma begins Kashmir talks on first visit as interlocutor

Srinagar, Nov 6 (IANS) Amid a separatist boycott, former spy chief Dineshwar Sharma, the centre's interlocutor, kickstarted Kashmir talks on Monday and met representatives of about half-a-dozen apolitical organisations at a Srinagar high security guest house that served as an interrogation centre during the peak years of militancy in 1990s. Informed sources said those who met Sharma at t...

12 days ago
Twitter censors 'bisexual' hashtag, apologises to users

San Francisco, Nov 6 (IANS) Twitter which updated its policies last week to fight abuse in an efficient way has come under fire for censoring LGBTQ terms like bisexual on its platform. According to The Verge on Monday, while updating its policies, the micro-blogging website also censored the bisexual hashtag under its adult content rules. The biggest updates on the platform inclu...

14 days ago
YSR Congress loses one more MLA to TDP

Amaravati, Nov 4 (IANS) Opposition YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh received a jolt on Saturday as one more legislator crossed over to ruling Telugu Desam Party. V. Rajeswari, a member of the assembly from Rampachodavaram constituency in East Godavari district, formally joined the TDP in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Naidu, who is also TDP's national P...

14 days ago
Kamal Haasan should be shot dead, says Hindu outfit leader

Lucknow, Nov 4 (IANS) A senior leader of a Hindu outfit -- Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha -- on Friday slammed veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan for his Hindu terror remarks and said people like him should be shot dead. Referring to the statement made by Haasan on Thursday in a column in a weekly magazine, Mahasabha leader Pt. Ashok Sharma said these people accused the followers of Hindu...

14 days ago
Twitter aims at handling abuse better

San Francisco, Nov 4 (IANS) Facing criticism over the years for its poor handling of abuse, Twitter has updated its rules, to clarify its policies on graphic violence, spam and self-harm among others. Today, we're publishing a new version of the 'Twitter Rules' to clarify our policies and how we enforce them. The fundamentals of our policies and our approach have not changed, th...

15 days ago
12 died in Kenya electoral protests: Rights body

Nairobi, Nov 3 (IANS) Twelve people lost their lives and 60 were injured in protests against the October 26 election results in Kenya, the country's national human rights institution reported on Friday. In the report, the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights investigators confirmed these 12 deaths occurred between October 25 and 27, mainly during confrontations with the police in w...

18 days ago
EU calls for talks to resolve Kenya's political impasse

Nairobi, Nov 1 (IANS) The European Union (EU) observer mission has called on Kenya's leaders to enter political dialogue to resolve the impasse following the controversial election re-run. More than ever there is a need in Kenya for political leaders to take up their responsibility and find a way out of the impasse through direct talks at the highest level, the mission said on Monday in ...

18 days ago
S.Korea, China to strengthen ties despite differences

Seoul, Oct 31 (IANS) South Korea and China on Tuesday said they wanted to normalise and improve bilateral ties despite disagreement over a controversial US anti-missile system installed in Seoul which is criticised by Beijing. The two sides have emphasised the great importance of South Korea-China link and have decided to promote further development of their strategic relationship and co...

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