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Police questions Boney, Dubai Public Prosecution begins probe

Dubai: The Dubai Public Prosecution has started an investigation into the untimely demise of Bollywood actress Sridevi, who was found dead in a bathtub at her hotel room here, a media report said on Tuesday.

Sources at the Dubai Police informed Khaleej Times that the Public Prosecution will conduct further investigations with regard to circumstances that led to the 54-year-old actress's "accidental drowning" after losing consciousness.

The Dubai Media Office tweeted: "Dubai police assert that the case file was forwarded to the Public Prosecutor's Office in Dubai to take the necessary legal action in accordance with such cases." At 6 p.m., Monday, the case was still referred to the public prosecution for further investigation."

The overall investigation into her death began early Sunday morning, and the late actor's body has been at the General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai, since 2.30 a.m., on Sunday, reports Khaleej Times.

The Dubai Police has also recorded the statement of Sridevi's producer husband Boney Kapoor.

Sources told Gulf News that the filmmaker was called to the Bur Dubai police station for questioning. The police took his statement after which he was allowed to return to his hotel.

On Saturday evening, Sridevi drowned in the bathtub of room number 2201 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel here.

Meanwhile, sources also informed that the laboratory results revealed she had consumed alcohol and was in an inebriated state when she slipped and fell into the bathtub that was filled with water.

The police said that there was no clear criminal motive with regard to her death, neither did she suffer a cardiac arrest like how it was reported earlier.

Her death certificate, issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention's Preventive Medicine Department also stated that her death was due to accidental drowning.

A formal medical committee, under the supervision of senior police officials, is supervising the investigation.

Also, Consul-General of India Vipul stated that the Indian Consulate in Dubai is continuing to wait and hope that all procedures towards the repatriation of Sridevi's body would complete as soon as possible.



'2017 saw more self-drive women travellers than men'

‘2017 saw more self-drive women travellers than men’

Women have been travelling more than ever in the self-drive mode, overcoming the long-drawn history of systemic prejudice and gender bias, with both inbound and outbound tourism witnessing accelerated growth in this segment, a report released on Monday says.

According to the infographic released by Travkart, a company which offers both online and offline holiday solutions, self-drive tours have seen a significant 10-15 percent leap per quarter and are expected to further surge in popularity in 2018.

The self-drive tour industry has witnessed a phenomenal growth in the last couple of years and Travkart has been recording a whopping 30-40 percent growth month-on-month for the same. Also as shown in the report 59.6 percent travellers were women and 40.4 percent were male in 2017.

Additionally, 2018 will see a surge in thematic holidays as per Travkart.

According to the report, top holidays themes are cruises, camping, adventure, wellness, spas and pilgrimages. Some offbeat destinations that seemed to intrigue Indian travellers a lot in the year gone by including Bhutan, Russia, Tashkent, Iceland, Croatia, Romania and Serbia.

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Video: SRK, Suhana cheer for Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan upped the ante with his presence in Kolkata Knight Riders' Indian Premier League (IPL) opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore here at the jam-packed Eden Gardens on Sunday.

KKR co-owner Shah Rukh, clad in white t-shirt and jeans, waved and showered flying kisses after entering the arena a little less than an hour before the start of the big-ticket clash.

Dinesh Karthik-led KKR won the toss and elected to field first against a strong RCB.

Shah Rukh was likely to be present for this game but the veteran actor might not be able to attend most of KKR's matches this time due to shooting commitments.

The 52-year-old has been shooting in the United States for Aanand L Rai's "Zero" which also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

Ever since the inception of the IPL in 2008, Shah Rukh has been a constant feature in KKR home and away games.