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Sasikala Banners Removed From Party Headquarters In Chennai April 26, 2017 13:33

The banners featuring All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Secretary, V.K. Sasikala were removed from the headquarters of the party in Chennai. This move happened, a day after the rival O Paneerselvam (OPS) camp, made such a demand to “uphold the sanctity” of the party office. Further, the OPS camp welcomed the move saying it was a “positive step.” The banners were removed this morning. The Presidium Chairman of the OPS led faction, E Madusudanan, yesterday, had made the demand of the removal of portraits of Sasikala from the party office. Media Coordinator of the Panneerselvam led AIADMK, “Aspire” K Swaminathan, said “This is definitely a positive step.” The move came in “continuance” to Madusudanan’s appeal and said, “We are happy the cadres have decided to remove the banners,” said Swaminathan. Meanwhile, Paneerselvam yesterday stated that a “conducive” atmosphere was evolving in both camps for talks, on the merger. As a pre-condition for talks on the AIADMK merger, the OPS camp also repeatedly demanded for an investigation into the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Earlier, it was assumed that both the factions would begin talks on the merger on Monday. But, two events - one on Sunday and the other on Monday, triggered the hardening of stance by the OPS faction. The first where, the state Finance Minister, D Jayakumar, said he would resign and allocate his portfolios to the OPS camp. This clearly indicated that, E Palanisamy would remain the CM in the event of an AIADMK merger, thus scrambling chances of Paneerselvam to become the CM. The second event, was in the AIADMK official newspaper, Namadhu MGR, which carried an article in today’s edition, stating Sasikala and Dinakaran would be supported by people and party cadre. The OPS camp, in response to both the events, said Sasikala was still in control of the party. Member of OPS negotiations committee and former minister, Munusamy quoted saying, “this proves our doubt that the party is still in their hands.” There is a lot of confusion in the rival camp, with different statements being made. While some members of the EPS camp claimed that a committee had been formed for talks, while others said it was yet to be formed, added Munuswamy.” Now, this new move could be a positive step for the rival OPS camp ! AIADMK Leader TTV Dinakaran Arrested By Delhi Police By Supraja

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BJP Sweeps To Power With 2/3rd Majority In Delhi MCD Polls April 26, 2017 12:32

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), today, winning the elections in all three municipalities. The votes for the elections are being counted at 35 centres across the city. Of these, 16 are in north Delhi, 13 in the South and six in East Delhi. Poll Highlights: - All trends are in. BJP has marched to power in MCD with 64 seats in North, 68 in South and 47 in East. AAP is second in MCD North with 21 seats, MCD South with 17 seats and MCD East with 9 seats. - Union Minster, Jitendra Singh, thanking the people of Delhi, said that BJP is the only viable option for the voters today, and that is why people have selected the party. - Meanwhile Delhi Minister Gopal Rai blamed “tampered” Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the BJP’s big win. - First results are in: BJP wins from Janakpuri West and Janakpuri East. - BJP looks set to finish with a 2/3rd majority in all 3 constituencies, as almost all trends are in. - BJP, with most of the trends in, is far ahead of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress. - BJP has now established a clear lead in all three areas - with around half the trends in. AAP has been relegated to third position in MCD East and South, and is neck-and-neck with Congress in MCD North. - Early trends show BJP leading in all three areas - MCD East, MCD North and MCD South. Congress is doing better than exit poll predictions in all 3 areas. AAP is at No 2 in MCD North, and No 3 in MCD East and MCD South. As many as 90,000 security personnel of Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and Home Guards were deployed at counting centres. Two exit polls had predicted BJP finishing way ahead of the AAP and the Congress with over 200 of the 270 wards where polling was held.  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on polling day, attacked the EVM’s claiming that reports of “faulty” EVMs were pouring in from across the national capital. The AAP also alleged that many voters with valid voter slips were “not allowed” to exercise their franchise in the municipal polls. Earlier, Kejriwal had demanded that the election be postponed till arrangements for Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)-equipped EVM were made. However, the State Election Commission denied the allegations made by AAP. State Election commissioner S K Shrivastava said, “The EVM has proved that its unhackable. It is a robust machine. Don't think there should be any question related to EVM.” The polling did not take place in two wards, Maujpur in east Delhi and Sarai Pipal Thala in north Delhi where a candidate each of the Samajwadi Party died. The BJP, AAP and the Congress are the three main competitors in the fray. Kejriwal Ex-party colleague Yogendra Yadav, who now leads the Swaraj India, wrote an open letter to the chief minister and challenged him to win at least 50% seats in the civic polls or step down. Even as the Swaraj India and the Janata Dal (United) look to expand base beyond Bihar and Jharkhand, the BJP, AAP and the Congress have roped in top leaders and done whatever they could to woo the voters. Centre's Ruling BJP Wins 5 Assembly Seats In By-Election; Congress Retains Karnataka By Supraja

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Bollywood Actress On Saina Nehwal’s Biopic? April 26, 2017 12:21

The trend of making a biopic has only got popularized in the past few years, while Bollywood filmmakers have been taking inspiration from numerous real-life events and people over the years. Biopics have always been sensational on Indian screen. Particularly, sport-biopic films like MS Dhoni-The Untold Story by Sushant Singh Rajput as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh, the Phogat sisters of Dangal, Priyanka Chopra as Mary Kom were a huge hit at the box-office. While Emraan Hashmi’s Mohammad Azharuddin act could not work magic at the box office. Even, a biopic on Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is set to hit the screens on May 26, while Tollywood filmmaker Praveen Sattaru is working on Pullela Gopichand’s life story. Even biopics on people such as Paan Singh Tomar, Sarabjit Singh and many others have been made and ones on Sanjay Dutt, Bhushan Kumar among others are being made now. Now, one more sportsperson’s journey is set to be translated on to the big screen. Popular badminton player Saina Nehwal’s life is being made into a film and Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor will be stepping into her shoes. The actress is now part of Haseena, a biopic on Dawood Ibrahim’s sister. Shraddha confirmed the news to one of the leading news channel, and said, “Most girls have played badminton at some point in their lives in school. I feel so lucky to be playing Saina, who’s not just been the world’s No. 1 badminton player, but is also a youth icon. I can’t wait to start prepping for my role.” Saina also seemed extremely pleased with the choice of actress. She said, “Whoa! That's news to me. I was aware of the film, yes, but I didn’t know about the casting. It’s great if Shraddha plays me because she is a very talented actress and very hardworking. I am sure she will do justice to the role. The best part is, she is a good friend as well. So it will be easier to teach her some badminton skills (laughs!). A lot of people did tell me that we do look similar and I think that's a huge compliment, because Shraddha is very good looking.” Creative director of the critically acclaimed ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and director of films like ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ and ‘Hawa Hawaai’, Amol Gupte will be helming the project. The film titled “Saina”, will be bank-rolled by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series. The film is expected to release next year. Winner of bronze medal at 2012 London Olympics, Saina is one of the star players from Hyderabad - even before PV Sindhu. Keerthy Suresh steps into Savithri Biopic By Supraja

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SS Rajamouli’s Epic Movie To Cross $3.5 Million Mark In US Premieres? April 26, 2017 11:31

Ace director SS Rajamouli’s epic movie, Baahubali 2, is set to cross the collection mark of $3 million at North American box office in premiere shows. The first part of the movie, Baahubali: The beginning was a blockbuster at the US box office with its lifetime collection surpassing the $8 million mark. Its success has generated a lot of buzz about the sequel. Baahubali 2 has earned Rs 44 crore from the sale of its theatrical rights for the country and it is the all-time highest amount paid for the distribution rights of any Indian film. Great India Films, which has acquired the distribution rights of Baahubali 2, has booked over 800 screens in the country and this number also includes 50 IMAX theatres. This will be the first Indian film to release in IMAX theatres in the country. The distribution house also has plans to hold premiere shows in a large number of cinema halls on April 27. Baahubali 2 will be released in four languages in three different formats. The movie will be premiered in three languages - Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, and depending on the format, the price ticket of the movie will range from $30 to $40, says reports. The highest amount paid for any Indian film for its premiere shows in the country, was $ 25, says reports. The film’s prequel was premiered in over 175 screens and its ticket pricing was not more than $25. Rajamoul’s epic movie is the all-time biggest opening Indian film, while Chiranjeevi’s Khaidi No 150 and Aamir Khan’s Dangal are in second and third spots with their collections of $1.25 million and $1 million, respectively. Now, Baahubali 2 is reportedly being premiered in over 600 screens across North America. Its screen count and ticket prices are much bigger than that of the first installment of the Baahubali film series. Considering these facts, Baahubali: The Conclusion will collect more than $3.50 million at the US box office in premiere shows. It is likely to cross $10 million mark in its opening weekend. Baahubali : The Conclusion, has kept the movie goers across the world on tenterhooks. The most discussed conundrum Why Katappa Killed Baahubali ? will find an answer in this follow-up which is all set to take the box office by a big storm in just 2 days. Prabhas Gets A Special Gift From SS Rajamouli Before Baahubali 2 Release By Supraja

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AIADMK Leader TTV Dinakaran Arrested By Delhi Police April 26, 2017 10:45

The Delhi police have arrested the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) leader, yesterday night, for allegedly attempting to bribe an Election Commission (EC) official to get the undivided AIADMK “two leaves” symbol for his faction. The AIADMK leader reached the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri at 5 PM. After being questioned for close to six hours, he was arrested, said Joint Commissioner of Police (crime), Praveer Ranjan. The Joint Commissioner said, apart from Dinakaran, his long time friend Mallikarjuna was also arrested for allegedly facilitating the deal between Dinakaran and the middle man in the EC bribery case, Sukesh Chandrasekar, after being interrogated for the second day, on the run. Mallikarjuna had been accompanying the AIADMK leader everywhere, ever since the arrest of the middleman. Chandrasekar was arrested on April 16, for allegedly striking a deal of Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma) faction keep the poll symbol. All the three convicts will be questioned together to get information about the money trail, details of the deal and whether more people were involved in it. Dinakaran’s Personal Assistant, Janardhana has agreed to be a witness in the case, says sources. Yesterday, Dinakaran had admitted to meeting Chandrasekhar, assuming he was a high court judge. The AIADMK leader, however, denied the paid money to the middleman, for getting the party’s poll symbol. Earlier, he maintained that he never met him. The Delhi police produced Chandrasekar before a special court, which extended his custody till April 28. The court was told that Chandrasekar had been paid the money through hawala channels. An unknown person, by the name, Shah Faisal said that he had collected a parcel from Chennai and gave it to Chandrasekar, who had posed to be a member of Parliament. The police suspect the parcel to contain a huge Rs 10 crore. About three hawala operators will also be questioned in connection with the case, said the Delhi police. Dinakaran and his friend will be produced before a city court tomorrow, says reports. Amid moves to merge rival factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam (OPS), Dinakaran and AIADMK chief V.K. Sasikala were sidelined from the party. Recently, a powerful section of the ruling AIADMK (Amma) revolted against the Sasikala-Dhinakaran leadership. The development came after the OPS camp demanded removal of Sasikala and Dinakaran, as a condition for merger talks. No AIADMK Merger; Expel Sasikala, Dinakaran From Party First, Says OPS Camp By Supraja

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AP CM Blames Collectors, SPs For Chittoor Accident April 26, 2017 10:35

The shocking accident of Yerpedu in which atleast 15 persons were killed and several others injured had given an opportunity for the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu to blame the officials of the district. The ghastly incident occurred when a truck lost control, ploughed through a group of people in front of a police station, hit an electric pole uprooting it, and rammed a roadside shop at Yerpedu, 25 km from Tirupati on the Srikalahasti highway on last friday. As the pole came down, live wires snapped and fell on parked two-wheelers, which went up in flames leading to electrocution. Some bystanders who rushed to help the victims also suffered electrocution, while some were injured by the raging flames. The situation remained chaotic for over 10 minutes as nobody understood whether it was an accident, fire or electrocution. Naidu said the Yerpedu incident exposes the failures of the police and revenue officials and the district Collectors and SPs are to be held responsible for the whole accident. The ill-fated truck driver was found in a drunken state, and the CM wondered how the officials have allowed him to drive the vehicle. Naidu blamed the officials of the Chittoor administration for not conducting regular checks on the vehicles and traffic management. Further, the AP CM directed the district Collectors and the SPs to conduct frequent reviews on the road safety in their respective districts and also have checks on road for drunken drive and other violations. There should be a regular check on vehicles thoroughly for permits, licenses, fitness and the status of the drivers to prevent such accidents. The officials of the revenue, police and transport departments should have coordination in preventing accidents on the roads, added the AP CM. Additionally, the CM also wanted the district administrations to keep a regular and through check on the sand mining and transportation, to avoid illegal sand quarrying and smuggling. Naidu strictly warned the officials to prevent such illegal activity. Naidu claimed that he had already suspended the membership of two TDP leaders for their alleged involvement in illegal sand mining in Chittoor district, and stated that he would not hesitate to take action against anyone. Chittoor MP Shivaprasad Raises Voice Against AP CM Chandrababu By Supraja

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Prabhas Gets A Special Gift From SS Rajamouli Before Baahubali 2 Release April 25, 2017 18:26

Owing to the five years of hard work of his career and shot for more than 600 days for the two parts of Baahubali, the director SS Rajamouli has given the actor Prabhas a special gift for his commitment towards the movie. Now that Baahubali 2 is about to land in a few days, the whole team, and especially the director has been talking about the complete dedication Prabhas, showed towards the project. Prabhas who plays the double role of Amarendra and Mahendra Baahubali has postponed his marriage plans, had a volleyball court in his own house to ensure he maintains his warrior physique and did not sign any other projects. Owing the level of commitment Prabhas had given to the team, SS Rajamouli has decided to gift him the armour which was worn by Baahubali in the film as a thanking gesture. Needless to say that Prabhas was emotional receiving it. Rajamouli said, “Show me one actor who can spend more than three years on a character he believes in. Prabhas and I became very close after we worked together for the first time in Chatrapathi, and we used to spend a lot of time together. Thank you Prabhas for being my friend.” “I can’t think of anyone else for Baahubali but Prabhas,” added the director. Speaking about the actor’s sheer dedication to the project, he said, “When I decided to make the film on such a grand scale, I knew the kind of commitment was needed for this canvas. Even before I discussed the story with Prabhas, he was already in it.” The southern Superstar also went above and beyond to play a double role for the film and underwent drastic weight transformation. Prabhas bulked up to 105kgs from his original body weight of 82 kgs to play the part of Amrendra Baahubali and touched 88 kgs to bring Shivudu alive on celluloid, added Rajamouli. Prabhas has finally started looking at other projects. There was also speculation that Bollywood director, Karan Johar is persuading the actor to make his debut in Bollywood. Baahubali also stars Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty and Satyaraj in pivotal roles. The film is slated to release in just 3 days. Andhra Govt Grants Six Shows Per Day For Epic Movie By Supraja

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Madras HC Orders TN Govt Not To Open Liquor Shops For 3 Months April 25, 2017 18:04

An order has been issued to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK)-ruled Tamil Nadu Government by Madras High Court to not open any The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) liquor shops for the next three months in the state. The DMK and the Advocates Forum for Social Justice - legal wing of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) approached the Madras HC, seeking to halt any move by the AIADMK government to bypass the Supreme Court order. The order upholds a ban on liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways. The Commissioner of Municipal Administration, on April 21 dated issued a circular, directing the officers to handover roads, belonging to various departments, including state highways, to the respective municipalities, says a report. According to the report, the order was issued purportedly with the intention to properly maintain such roads. The DMK, however, claimed that this was a clear attempt on part of the state government to bypass the order of the top court, banning alcohol shops within 500 metres of national and state highways. Senior advocate P Wilson for DMK and advocate K Balu for the PMK forum sought urgent hearing on the issue, a request which was granted by the HC. DMK Working President Arrested; TN Shuts Down In Support Of Farmers By Supraja

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Bhallaladeva To Play Muslim Warlord In Russian Film? April 25, 2017 17:32

Macho actor, Rana Daggubati, who mightily impressed viewers with his ferocious performance as Bhallaladeva in SS Rajamouli’s epic movie, “Baahubali” is set to play a Muslim warlord in a Russian film, says reports. During a recent media interaction, Rana reportedly revealed that he was offered a cruel Muslim warlord role in a Russian historical drama. Given his physique and popularity all over India, Rana was offered the role. Though Rana did not reveal much details about the new project, the “Ghazi” star hinted that the movie will be another milestone in his career. Before “Baahubali”, Rana was not a big topic for the general audience. Many people even got surprised when Rajamouli chose Rana as an antagonist for “Baahubali”. But, after the release, Rana surprised everyone with his powerful looks and performance. The actor’s career can be bisected into two parts- Before Baahubali and after Baahubali. The popularity brought in by the SS Rajamouli directorial helped the actor make his mark in Indian cinema. Thanks to SS Rajamouli for bringing the best out of Rana, which helped the actor to make his mark in Indian cinema. After the success of Ghazi, besides having been in discussions for a few potential international films, Rana is all set to act in a couple of more interesting projects. On the other hand, the much awaited epic drama “Baahubali-The Conclusion” is going to hit the screens this Friday in a grand way. Rana Daggubati Shares Some Candid Pics On The Sets Of Baahubali 2 By Supraja

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Mega Star To Quit Politics; Continue Acting? April 25, 2017 17:16

Going by the prevailing conditions, looks like Megastar Chiranjeevi wants to bid adieu to politics and seriously pursue his career as an actor. The super success of his recent film, Khaidi No.150, has given a new boost to the actor. After the success of the film, the actor is looking elated and is totally enjoying the success. It also seems that Chiru has distanced himself from the political works and has not made any political statements in the recent times. Additionally, when music director, MM Keeravani during the actor’s show, Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, asked about his entry into cinemas, Chiru responded quite positively and said “May be. If you strongly wish for it, may be destiny too happen as per your wish.” With the megastar himself responding positively on quitting politics, and followed by his son Ram Charan’s statement to support his uncle and Power Star, Pawan Kalyan, it socially looks like, Chiru is considering to quit politics. Since he has already given up his Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) and joined Congress that is routed in AP totally, Chiru may not be interested to join any political party at this juncture and looks like he is jumping so many political parties. The mega power star, Charan already has made an announcement about Chiru’s 151st movie with Surender Reddy, followed by Chiru’s 152 with Boyapati Sreenu. This looks like Chiru's plate is full with films and he is slowly quitting politics. Probably, Chiru wants to follow Amitab Bachchan and continue just in films. Mega Power Star Asks Fans To Support Power Star By Supraja

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