‘Padmavati’ row: Haryana BJP leader booked for offering bounty

'Padmavati' row: Haryana BJP leader booked for offering bounty

A Haryana BJP leader was booked on Tuesday for threatening to behead Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone over their movie "Padmavati" and for standing firm by his announcement of a Rs 10 crore reward for it.

Haryana's chief media coordinator Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu was booked under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code at Gurugram's Sector 29 police station on the complaint by a fan of Deepika and Bhansali.

Complainant Pawan Kumar, a resident of Gurugram's Chakkarpur village, said in his complaint that his "feelings were badly hurt" by Ammu's statement.

"I saw Ammu announcing Rs 10 crore reward for beheading film actress Padukone and filmmaker Bhansali. He has threatened both of dire consequences. Life of Padukone and Bhansali were in danger. Please take action against Ammu," Kumar said in his complaint.

On the other hand, Ammu on Tuesday dared Haryana Police to arrest him. He said he stood firmly by his statement whether he remained in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or not.

Ammu said he gave the statement as a "Rajput" and not as an office-bearer of the party.

Ammu said he had doubled the bounty on the heads of Deepika and Bhansali to Rs 10 crore. Ammu also issued a threat to break the legs of actor Ranveer Singh.

Ranveer plays the role of Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji in the movie, which is about the valour of Rajput queen Padmavati.

He said: "We do not want to take law in our hands but will not forgive anyone who tries to spoil the image of Rajput kings and queens.


"Padukone is just like our daughter and she must stay away from playing roles like the one she played in Padmavati," he said, adding: "If anyone raises an eye (sic) at our sisters and daughters, they will be punished."

He also questioned Rs 300 crore funding for the movie and said it was a conspiracy against the Rajput community.

On being asked whether he had received any notice from the BJP for his statement, he told IANS: "No notice has been received yet. I'll answer if I get one. I am ready to do anything for the welfare for my community."


Investigation Office (IO) Sunil Kumar said the accused will be served notice soon to be part of a police probe.


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The importance of humour in the workplace

The importance of humour in the workplace

Who doesn’t like a good laugh every now and again? – The saying that ‘’laughter is the best medicine’’ is absolutely true.

The reason for this is that when we laugh, were able to decrease the stress hormones that give us sleepless nights and also complicate our life, our body also releases endorphins, those feel-good chemicals which we all crave.

Laughter is no doubt important in our life but it can also be vital in our professional life as well, humour in the workplace is something that all companies and employees should help promote. It’s similar to taking part in team building exercises which are usually done to help each staff member to connect and understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses whilst also motivating its employees.

Regardless of what job occupation you have whether it is being an accountant, engineer, doctor or even a lawyer and so forth, the benefits of humour are almost endless and help prevent job burnout which is something many people, unfortunately, go through.

You do not need to perform a stand-up or constantly feel pressured to get a laugh but simply promoting it in various ways example; dressing differently but still appropriate, thinking outside the box instead of going the similar route each time in terms of ideas, networking through humorous emails and presentations etc.

The main benefits of humour in the workplace include many such as the following:

  1. Fellow employees listen to you: I would rather listen to someone make talking about spreadsheets or legal terms somewhat fun and engaging than someone who reads out everything verbatim and cannot include fun examples or have a good sense of humour when taking part in a meeting or presentation.
  2. Teamwork is strengthened: There are those who prefer working alone whilst others enjoy participating in group projects but sometimes the job requires everyone to work together and that can present challenges – by adding humor, employees become encouraged to work as a team and pick up on a person’s energy, no one is really sad and depressed whilst laughing.
  3. Improvement in decision making: Whilst work can sometimes run smoothly, problems can always occur and swift thinking is required, flexible decision making is promoted when a person is able to be creative thanks to humour being present.
  4. Increased Motivation: Work is exactly that, its work and is the reason why Monday gets so much hate, not everyone enjoys their job which is true and unfortunate at the same time but when there is humour in the workplace, it’s said to help increase the motivation and morale of its workers.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NEWSD and NEWSD does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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Journalist shot dead by TSR trooper in Tripura

Journalist shot dead by TSR trooper in Tripura

A journalist was shot dead on Tuesday by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper during an altercation in Bodhjung Nagar in Tripura, police said.

"Tapan Debbarma, the bodyguard of the TSR's Second Battalion Commandant, opened fire killing Sudip Datta Bhowmik on the spot," a police officer said.

The body of Bhowmik, a reporter of "Syandan Patrika" and local television channel "Venguard", was brought to Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital here for postmortem.

On September 20, a television journalist, Santanu Bhowmik, 28, was killed allegedly by some activists of a party in Mandai, 35 km from.


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Anna Hazare plans new campaign, solicits people’s participation

Blaming the Modi government for failing to take steps to prevent corruption, veteran activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday announced plans for a new anti-graft campaign for which he sought public participation.

In a statement, Kisan Baburao Hazare, popularly known as Anna Hazare, said that after the first movement launched in 2011, the then United Progressive Alliance government was compelled to pass the Lokpal law but it was "somewhat weakened".

"Then the new government came to power. The people of the country had great aspirations. But for three years now, the Modi Government neither implemented the Lokpal-Lokayukta laws nor initiated any steps to prevent corruption," he said.

Unfortunately, he said the ruling National Democratic Alliance government effected changes in Sec 44 of the Lokpal law, further weakening it, and under this situation a movement was needed again.

Accordingly, he announced the launch of a new 'Satyagraha' on a host of issues including the Lokpal Lokayukta laws, implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission report on farmers, quotas for election and electoral reforms.

Besides, he has taken to the social media to launch awareness on these issues vide YouTube and urged people to send their contact details to his office for joining the next round of movement.

"Spread the information about the movement. Let's all join together to achieve the dream of a 'corruption-free' India," Hazare said in the message from his office in Ralegan-Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district of western Maharashtra.

Hazare said the dates of the new movement would be announced soon and appealed to the masses to join the campaign like in the past.


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Vijender Singh to take on Rocky Fielding next year

Indian pro boxing ace Vijender Singh will take on British and Commonwealth Super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding, who will defend his newly acquired title on March 30, 2018, it was announced on Tuesday.

Fielding won the belt on September 30 with a crushing victory over David Brophy in Liverpool and has been put straight in at the deep-end opposite the ex-amateur star, a bronze medal winner of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Vijender, 31, has raced to 9-0 as a pro, including a short stint with Frank Warren, on the back of a decorated career donning the Indian vest.

Fielding is far more experienced than WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight champion Vijender.

Out of a total 26 fights, Fielding has won 25 including 14 knockouts. The 30-year-old British boxer is a former WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight champion as well as a former WBA Commonwealth and English Super middleweight champion.


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Bodies of three children found in Haryana; probe on

The Haryana Police on Tuesday questioned the father and uncle of three minor children whose bodies were found in the Morni hills area of Panchkula district, adjoining Chandigarh.

Police sources said the three children had bullet injuries on the head.

The victims have been identified as Sameer, 11, Simran, 8, and Samar, 4. Their bodies were found in a forested area. The children were reported missing since Sunday.

All three, two boys and one girl, were siblings and belonged to Sarsa village in Kurukshetra district.


Police officials said they were questioning the father of the children, Sonu Malik, and their uncle in connection with the triple murder.


The police are trying to find out whether the minors were brought to Mori area and shot there or were murdered elsewhere and dumped at Mori.


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Government avoiding Parliament due to Gujarat polls, says Congress

The Congress on Tuesday alleged the government is deliberately delaying the winter session of Parliament to avoid questions from the opposition benches which can hamper its prospects in the Gujarat assembly polls.

"They do not want discussion in Parliament so they are giving different excuses for delaying the winter session.

"If they convene Parliament session and hold discussion, then they will be exposed.

"So they are trying to convene the session after the Gujarat assembly polls," Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader in Parliament told reporters here at a joint press conference attended by party's floor leaders in Parliament.

He said whatever was happening under the Narendra Modi government was an "attack on democracy".

"Even Ministers of this government and Speaker do not know when the session will be convened. Only one person knows about it -- who is 'Brahma'. You cannot be whimsical in running of a democracy," he said.

Earlier, speaking to reporters, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad slammed the government for allegedly shying away from facing Parliament.

He said the government is deliberately delaying the session to "hide its corruption and failures on the employment and economic fronts".

The Congress leaders hit out at the government a day after their President Sonia Gandhi accused Modi of delaying the winter session on "flimsy grounds".

Gandhi on Monday said the government in its "arrogance" has "cast a dark shadow on the country's parliamentary democracy".

Asserting that the government wanted to avoid questions and answers ahead of the Gujarat polls, she warned the NDA regime that it cannot escape constitutional accountability by "locking the temple of democracy".


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Art market all hype and high society, says prominent artist Jatin Das

Prominent Indian artist Jatin Das -- painting for well over five decades now -- has come down heavily on the state of the contemporary art market. In one of his rare interviews in recent years, the prolific artist reflected upon his illustrious career and maintained that the art world has undergone "a sea change" and that many young artists compromise for their "bread and butter".

"There is now a sea change in the art world. People talk about art market and art business. When somebody comes to see your work, they call him a client! And there are a lot of players now. Art students are more interested in commercial art or go abroad to study about art investment.

"This word did not exist before. People visited studios, sometimes multiple times, to look at the works. Nobody bargained. There was great camaraderie; there was no art business. Today a lot of young people say Sir, we have to compromise for our bread and butter," Das told IANS in an interview.

"I just don't feel like exhibiting, although I have lots of works. I sell very little. I'm not in the Art Market. Some people feel sorry for me that my works are not in auctions. They don't realise that in auctions, artists don't give their works. It is either buyers or gallerists who do it. It is all hype and high society, and it has become a glamorous world now," he added.

Das also said that a lot of the artists these days paint for upcoming exhibitions. "Some even see the gallery size and paint accordingly. I or my friends from my generation never painted (for) an exhibition. Only when we felt that we had a body of work that gels, would we exhibit.

"We all had the idealism to work passionately with commitment. The idea was not to become an artist or earn money; that was not the concern for any of us. Some people used to work in advertising for money, but then they would do theatre, or write poetry and things like that," said Das, who studied at Mumbai's Sir JJ School of Art, under Professor S.B. Palsikar.

Das has held 68 one-man shows in India and abroad and has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions and camps for artists.

Responding to a specific question on the complaint by several contemporary artists that traditional artists, like himself, consider themselves more important, Das said that a "real artist doesn't exhibit for the public".

He reflected that when a painting is sold, he is happy, but "just for a minute". And then he is sad that it is gone. He said he doesn't paint for selling, but he lives on the sale of his paintings.

"Any creative person must keep away from the limelight, or it's not a discipline of arrogance, you must be able to spend time on work," he added.

His ongoing exhibition "Jatin Das: Artists & Friends. Over Fifty Years" will be on display at the Lalit Kala Akademi here.

"There are 500 portraits in this exhibition, made over 50 years. It requires you to slow down, and look at details and ruminate on the experience. To take time with things. We were drawing all the time; I still think the mark of a great artist is drawing. That is something I tried to show with this exhibition," he added.

"This exhibition is not about sales or money; this is a personal endeavour, a display of intimate conversations and a lifetime of drawing, my friends and conversations," he said.

He went on to state that he is "influenced by every artist, by every part of nature, by everything around me" and that he does what he likes, "and what I don't, I destroy".

"I paint in oils. I don't like acrylic much, but I've done some. I like to draw and do water colours... It's an integral part of me. Funny how people ask, 'You also draw?' Every artist must draw, paint, do murals, graphics, everything. You have to do all kinds of things. Play with the mediums like a child," he concluded.


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Health minister seeks report from Fortis Hospital after girl’s death

Calling the death of a seven-year-old girl at Gurugram's Fortis Hospital unfortunate, Health Minister JP Nadda on Tuesday said the government had sought a detailed report from the hospital.

Stating that action will be taken if required, Nadda also said that his ministry had written to all states regarding the registration and regulation of all clinical establishments with a view to prescribe the minimum standards of facilities and services.

"It was a very unfortunate incident. The Health Ministry has sought a medical report from Fortis Hospital and we will look into it. If required action will be taken," Nadda said on the sidelines of a WHO conference here.

The comments came after the parents of the girl, Adya, who died of dengue after undergoing treatment at the Fortis Hospital, were allowed to take their daughter's body only after paying a bill of Rs 18 lakh.

The parents alleged that the hospital kept their daughter on ventilator for three days though she had stopped responding to the treatment. The girl died on September 14.

Nadda said: "Please provide me details... We will take all the necessary action."

As the information about this case went viral, the hospital issued a statement stating what had happened.

According to the hospital, Adya was brought to Gurgaon's Fortis Memorial Research Institute from another private hospital on the morning of August 31.

"She was admitted with severe dengue which progressed to dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration," said the statement.

As her condition deteriorated, she was put on ventilator support within 48 hours.

"The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child.

"On 14th September, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA - Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day," said the statement.

Fortis said all standard medical protocols were followed.

"An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure. Patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring intensive monitoring," it said.


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Police deployed outside Deepika’s parents’ home in Bengaluru

Police deployed outside Deepika's parents' home in Bengaluru

Police personnel have been posted outside the residence of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone's parents here following threats over her role in the Hindi film "Padmavati", the police said on Tuesday.

"Two police personnel have been deployed outside Deepika Padukone's parents home in J.C. Nagar (northern suburb)," Inspector Girish Naik of J.C. Nagar Police Station told IANS.

Although the 31-year-old Deepika lives in Mumbai, she hails from Bengaluru, where her family, including her father and legendary badminton champion Prakash Padukone, mother Ujjala, younger sister Anisha and grandmother Ahilya live in the city's northern suburb.

Prakash Padukone runs a badminton coaching academy in the city.

Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu had offered a reward of Rs 10 crore to anyone who would "behead" Deepika and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the film, which is based on the life of 13th century Indian queen Rani Padmini, also known as Padmavati.

"We do not want to take law in our hands but will not forgive anyone who tries to spoil the image of Rajput kings and queens," said Ammu, who is also the chief media coordinator for the party in the state.

Reacting to Ammu's statements to "behead" the actress, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said the state government would provide security to her and her family in Bengaluru.

Siddaramaiah has also asked Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to take action against those threatening to harm Deepika.

"I have asked the Haryana Chief Minister to take strict action against those threatening to harm Deepika, as she only played the lead role in the film as an actress as directed by its maker," Siddaramaiah said on Monday.

"I condemn the culture of intolerance and hate perpetuated by the BJP and its right-wing groups. Karnataka stands by Deepika who is a renowned artist from our state."

State Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had told reporters at Belagavi, that the state police would provide security to Deepika whenever she is in Bengaluru or anywhere in Karnataka.

"I have directed the state DGP (Director General of Police) to ensure her (Deepika) safety and provide security to her family in Bengaluru," Reddy added.


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