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Raje wants 'necessary changes' made to 'Padmavati'

Jaipur, Nov 18 (IANS) Amidst growing protest over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday wrote to the Centre seeking necessary changes in the movie before its release, so that sentiments of any community are not hurt. In a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, the Chief Minister said: A committe...

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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...

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Delhi's air quality deteriorates, becomes 'very poor'

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Hours after slight improvement in the air quality of Delhi-NCR, the national capital again started inhaling toxins as the quality of air deteriorated from poor in the morning to very poor in the evening on Saturday. The major pollutant, PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 micro metre, was recorded above 300 units. The Central Pollution Contro...

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Protests continue over 'Padmavati' in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Nov 18 (IANS) Protests over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Padmavati continued to rock Rajasthan as protesters blocked entry to the Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajsamand on Saturday while protests were witnessed in some other towns and cities. Hundreds of protesters on Saturday blocked entry for a few hours to Kumbhalgarh Fort. It was a peaceful protest and no untoward incident was report...

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Ranji Trophy: Pandey, Nischal put Karnataka in driving seat

Kanpur, Nov 18 (IANS) Overnight batsmen Dega Nischal (195) and Manish Pandey (238) played brilliant individual knocks to help Karnataka post 642/7 at stumps against Uttar Pradesh on Day 2 of a sixth round match of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament here on Saturday. Incoming batsman C.M. Gautam (4) and skipper Vinay Kumar (1) were at the crease when stumps were called in the Group A con...

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Mild tremor jolts Rajasthan

Jaipur, Nov 18 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted some parts of Rajasthan on Saturday, officials said. People rushed out of their houses and offices in panic. The earthquake was felt around 3.21 p.m. and lasted for 15-20 seconds. According to Met department officials, the epicentre of the earthquake was near Jodhpur. Tremors were felt mostly in Jodhpu...

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Modi's silence doesn't augur well for India's democracy

Even as camera-friendly and Internet-savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi waxes eloquent on his Beti Padhao Beti Bachao campaign, the right-wing fringe elements openly threaten a leading actress -- an inspiration and role model for thousands of young Indian girls -- under his government's nose. Modi and his government have done nothing but maintain silence, ultimately amounting to indirect approval...

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Twisted interpretation of history: Challenging times for artists, filmmakers

At the root of the controversy over the release of the Hindi feature film Padmavati is, first, the saffron brotherhood's interpretation of history with a pronounced anti-Muslim bias and, secondly, the Bharatiya Janata Party's overt and covert attempts to whittle down institutional autonomy. Even if the BJP's seemingly political use of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a contin...

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Rain improves Delhi's air

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The air quality in the National Capital Region improved on Saturday to the poor level following overnight rain as the concentration of Particulate Matter (PM) decreased. Another government department, however, placed the air quality at moderate. The major pollutant, PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 micro meter, was recorded at 288 units. The Centra...

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Air quality in Delhi improves, NGT defers decision on odd-even

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) After a long period of heavy pollution, the air quality in the National Capital Region on Friday improved to poor category as concentration of Particulate Matter (PM) decreased. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) deferred to Tuesday hearing on the Delhi government's plea on exemptions on the odd-even traffic scheme. On Friday, the Central Pollution Control Board (...

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Nothing in 'Padmavati' that hurts Rajput pride: Rajat Sharma

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) There is not a single scene, dialogue or sequence in Padmavati that may hurt Rajput pride, senior journalist Rajat Sharma said on Friday after watching the movie. After watching the entire film, I can emphatically say that there is not a single dialogue, not a single scene, not a single sequence that can be said to go against the proud history of the Rajputs of R...

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SC asks states, UTs to curb use of pet coke and furnace oil

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday asked all the states and Union Territories to consider enforcing the decision of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) prohibiting the use of pet coke and furnace oil by the industry in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. Asking the states and UTs to voluntarily enforce the MoEF ...

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Anti-'Padmavati' protesters force closure of Chittorgarh fort

Jaipur, Nov 17 (IANS) Entry to the famous Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan was closed on Friday as a few thousand people sat on dharna outside the main gate to protest Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati, which many claim distorts historical facts. Tourists visiting the Unesco World Heritage site fort were requested to go back. The fort is visited by around 3,000-4,000 ...

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Decision on Parliament's Winter Session soon: Minister

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government is not running away from facing Parliament and it would soon take a call on holding the Winter Session, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. I don't think there is any situation to run away from Parliament, Goyal said at a press conference here. There is a lot of political capital and appreciation for Modi because he i...

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Ranji Trophy: Nischal, Agrawal hand Karnataka solid start

Kanpur, Nov 17 (IANS) Karnataka rode on brilliant half-century knocks from batsmen Mayank Agarwal (90) and Dega Nischal (90 not out) to post 327/3 against Uttar Pradesh on Day 1 of the sixth round at the Ranji Trophy. Later, coming in to bat, middle-order batsmen Karun Nair (62) and Manish Pandey (63) too played important knocks in the Group A contest at the Green Park here. Mea...

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'Padmavati' stir: Chittorgarh fort shut down, Mumbai police issues warning

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The stir over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati continued on Friday with the entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan getting closed. On the other hand, Mumbai police issued a warning to individuals and groups against taking the law into their hands while registering their objection about the historical film. As a sign of protest, members of Sarv Samaj P...

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'Padmavati': Mumbai police warns 'adventurous' protestors

Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) As opposition and threats to the upcoming film Padmavati continue, Mumbai Police on Friday issued a stern warning to adventurous protestors. In a statement here, Joint Commissioner of Police (L&O) Deven Bharti said: Any individual or group which attempts to be adventurous will be dealt sternly and will face strict legal action. The police made it clear i...

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Mumbai police warns protestors against being 'adventurous' on 'Padmavati'

Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) The Mumbai police has warned individuals and groups against taking the law into their hands while protesting against Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati. In a statement here, Joint Commissioner of Police (L&O) Deven Bharti said that any individual or group which attempts to be adventurous, will be dealt sternly and will face strict legal action. We are comm...

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'Bhansali has the right to re-interpet history'

Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Director Rahul Rawail says filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose forthcoming film Padmavati is surrounded by controversy, has the right to re-interpet history according to his imagination. As part of protest against the film, based on the life of Rani Padmini or Padmavati, who was queen of Chittorgarh, entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was closed on...

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Delhi woman alleges rape by taxi driver, aide in Greater Noida

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) A woman has alleged she was raped by a cab driver and his associate for over five hours and robbed of her valuables before being dumped in Greater Noida, police said. Police said there are some contradictions in the woman's statement and are verifying it. The incident occurred on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday when the victim had taken a cab f...

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