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Pawan Kalyan Comes in Support to Jallikattu January 20, 2017 17:08

Telugu film star and Jana Sena party chief K Pawan Kalyan came out to support of Jallikattu and cockfights on Friday. He said "the ban on these two was an attack on Dravidian culture and integrity" and need to draw a for moralistic madness". "I have deep respect and reverence for our culture, animals and mother nature. Looking at the cows and roosters in my farm made me think about the ban on Jallikattu and kodipandem (cock fights) in Dakshin Bharath," he said in a series of tweets on the issue today. "Somewhere, we have to draw a line for this 'moralistic madness' in our society. Otherwise it would be very difficult to keep our nation's integrity intact. Jana Sena urges the Central government to lift the ban on Jallikattu and Kodipandem," the actor said. "Ban on Jallikattu and Kodipandem is an attack on Dravida culture and its integrity. This is how it is being viewed in Dakshin Hindustan. I had observed this deep hurt in people of Dakshin Bharat while I was shooting in Pollachi (Tamil Nadu) and during my political interaction in Andhra about the ban on their respective cultural events in recent times," Kalyan said. "Government of India cited 'animal cruelty' as the reason for the ban in Jallikattu and kodipandem. If we truly consider this puritanical approach, then we have to examine the statistics of Indian beef export and poultry industry," he said and reeled out statistics. "Brazil and Australia could export only 2 and 1.5 million tonnes respectively. And, beef export fetches almost $5 billion with 14 per cent growth rate every year. Interestingly, these top beef exporting firms are owned by Hindus and not Muslims," the film star claimed. Pawan Kalyan also questioned why the Animal Cruelty Act is applied only to Jallikattu whereas the animals which are getting injured or killed are more. "Kodipandem is the cultural identity of Andhras. If the Central government is serious about enforcing Animal Cruelty Act, then it should ban poultry industry also, which produces around 8.4 lakh tonnes of poultry meat by killing millions of chicken," Kalyan said. VIDEO: Pawan Kalyan Congratulates Chiru on the Success of 'Khaidi No.150' BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Air India Removes 57 Crew Members from Flying January 20, 2017 16:26

In a shocking decision, Air India has temporarily removed 57 crew members from flying and gave them the ground duty job. "These cabin crew members, included air hostesses, were told to "shape up" within a stipulated time frame, failing which they would be grounded permanently", Air India sources said. Air India has over 3,800 cabin crew members, out of which 2,500 are women. Out of the total cabin crew strength, around 2,200 members are on permanent rolls. As per norms of aviation regulator DGCA, the designated doctors has to declare 'fit', 'temporary unfit' and 'permanent unfit' in periodic medical examination. "These cabin crew members were found overweight during the periodic review and told to get fit for flying in a particular time frame. However, as they failed to do so in the stipulated time, they have been taken off from flying duties last month and given ground jobs," a source said. This is the second time in one and half year that the national carrier has taken such action against its bulky cabin crew members. Previously also in September 2015, the carrier had taken off 125 employees from flying duty after they failed to maintain required weight as per the norms. Flights Delayed Due to Dense Fog in North India BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Jallikettu, tamilians pride, activists envy January 20, 2017 15:10

Jallikattu is a traditional sport in which a bull is released into a crowd of people. Multiple human participants will attempt to grab and tightly "hug" the large hump of the bull and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants hug the hump for as long as possible, attempting to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags affixed to the bull's horns. Jallikattu has been known to be practiced during the Tamil classical period between 400-100 BC. A cave painting in white kaolin that is discovered near the Madurai depicts a lone man trying to control a bull is estimated to be about 2,500 years old. Only Native cattle breeds are used for Jallikattu. Tamilnadu has 6 native cattle breeds, out of which Alambadi is already declared extinct. The remaining breeds are Kangayam, Pulikulam, Umbalachery, Barugur and Malai Maadu. Jallikaatu can be referred to as bull taming event that is practiced in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day, third day of the four-day Pongal festival. A research conducted by PETA's investigators found that the bulls were being disoriented, deliberately. The bulls' tails were allegedly bitten and twisted; stabbed, punched and dragged on the ground. PETA insists that 'cruelty' is not just limited to slaughter but includes unnecessary suffering and torture induced on animals for the purpose of human entertainment. The interesting point is PETA is silent on the slaughter of animals, but against every traditions of Hindus such as Jallikettu, elephants in temple festivals, Diwali celebrations, etc. In Kerala, plenty of people including toddlers were bitten by stray dog and even elderly people were killed. PETA is against any move to eliminate stray dogs and they are not ready to take care of them. The problem can be easily solved if the so called animal lovers can take care of these stray dogs. Tamilian consider Jallikattu as Tamil pride as it is an ancient tradition that has been carried on for centuries. Jallikattu witnesses thousands of participants, attempting to tame the bulls by latching to their horns or humps. Its innumerable references could be found in Dravidian Literature. The Jallikattu protests are fuelled by the view that the ban impinges on the cultural identity of the populace. The Tamil population, mostly young students and professionals, said that their fight is for their culture and Tamil pride and reject the allegation that Jallikattu is cruel to the bulls. They have demanded that animal rights organisation PETA, which has lobbied against Jallikatu, be banished from the state. The protesters said that the law on cruelty to animals must be amended to include Jallikattu bulls on a list of trained animals used in the military or for educational and scientific purposes. Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam has said that an ordinance will be promulgated in two days to enable the conduct jallikattu. "A draft ordinance is ready and has been forwarded to the Home ministry today morning. It has to get the nod of President with the recommendation of the Centre," Panneerselvam said. Superstar Rajinikanth has already joined the protest and Kamal Haasan, Vijay and double Oscar-winning composer A.R Rahman’s is expected to join. "Rules should be framed to avoid injuries. Instead of doing that, is it right to negate a culture?" Superstar Rajnikanth said. "Jallikattu should be held to uphold traditions of Tamil culture," the Bengaluru-born actor said. If you want a ban on jallikattu, let's also ban biryani," Haasan told Managing Editor Rahul Kanwal at the India Today South Conclave in Chennai. "I'm a big fan of jallikattu," Superstar Kamal Haasan said. "I'm probably one of few actors who've played jallikattu. Am a proud Tamilian, this is our culture," he said. Actor Dhanush is in favour of the protest against the ban on Jallikattu said, “Neither I nor anyone in my family are a member of PETA and I regret "best vegetarian award" given to me by PETA”. Actor Jayam Ravi, tweeted: "I felt immense pride to be a part of a revolutionary movement last night at Marina. The atmosphere was electrifying and inspiring." Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu tweeted: "Jallikattu is the spirit of Tamil Nadu - bold and fearless. Proud to see such a statement of unity among Tamilians for something that they truly believe in." "I'm fasting tomorrow to support the spirit of Tamilnadu!" Oscar award winner Music Director A R Rehman tweeted. Jallikattu Unrest Continues, SC Agrees to Delay Verdict By Premji

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SRK’s Upcoming Movie ‘Raees’ Gets U/A Certificate by CBFC January 20, 2017 12:17

After the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) gave actor Hrithik Roshan's 'Kaabil' a U/A certificate with only four verbal cuts, it's now happy time for SRK. Bollywood Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan’s much-anticipated film ‘Raees’ has also been given a U/A certificate. The action packed film has got six verbal cuts. According to reports the film didnot get any censorship on any mind-boggling action scenes, because the Board felt it was required to keep the film's authenticity intact. The movie has been directed by Rahul Dholakia. 'Raees' also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan. The movie is all set to release alongside Hrithik Roshan’s 'Kaabil' on January 25. 'Kaabil' Gets U/A Certificate from CBFC BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Delhi: 21-Year-Old Teacher Stabbed by Brother’s Friend January 20, 2017 12:07

In a shocking incident, a 21-year-old teacher was stabbed nine times by her brother's friend in outer Delhi's Najafgarh area. "The woman has been hospitalised and critical. Amit (25) and his cousin Basant (19) have been arrested", said a senior police officer. "The incident happened around 2 PM yesterday at the woman's house and her three-year-old niece was witness to the gruesome attack", police said. "The victim's condition is said to be critical and isn't in a condition to record her statement", they added. "The incident took place in Dharampura colony when the victim, who works as a teacher at a play school, was at her home along with her three-year-old niece", police said. "When the duo came, the niece was playing outside and on entering, she saw the accused man brutally stabbing her aunt, they said. The niece somehow managed to alert the neighbours but the accused had fled by that time", they said. "The accused had bought two knives and stabbed her nine times in front and back", police said. "The accused had been talking to her brother for last four months and wanted to woo her", they added. "Three months back, he had got married and the victim told him that she didn't want to stay in touch with him", police said. "He was enraged and planned to kill her, they said. He meticulously planned the murder and purchased two knives to execute it. The weapon of offence has been recovered. To make sure the girl was alone at the time of the incident, Amit had even called her brother outside on the pretext of some work," said a senior police officer. Amit involved his cousin Basant as he was very close to him and they both executed the plan. The girl is being treated at Safdarjung hospital. He condition is said to be critical. A case has been booked under section 307 (attempt to murder) has been registered. Further investigation is underway. Both the accused were unemployed. SC to Hear Dec 16 Gangrape Convicts Plea BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Jallikattu Unrest Continues, SC Agrees to Delay Verdict January 20, 2017 11:21

The Jallikattu protest across Tamil Nadu has entered the fourth day. Hundreds are protesting at Marina Beach in Chennai while other are agitating in other parts of the state. With this the Supreme Court has agreed to delay its verdict on Jallikattu for a week after Centre says this will help avoid unrest. Despite Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneerselvam's call to stop the protests, the protesters remained to demand to hold the bull-taming sport in the state. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu's Opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has also called for rail roko movement today. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today said that "an emergency law will be brought into surpassing the Supreme Court's ban on hugely famous bull-taming sports jallikattu." A delegation of AIADMK MPs led by Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai is expected to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi today. Music Maestro AR Rahman has announced to observe a day-long fast today to express sympathy with people protesting against the ban. Lawyers are also likely to boycott courts, schools, colleges and restaurants. Most commercial establishments are likely to remain shut today.wake of the protests. Protesters Demand Promulgation of Jallikattu Ordinance, Panneerselvam Meets PM Modi BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Rashi Khanna Roped in for NTR’s Upcoming Flick January 20, 2017 10:38

The makers of Tollywood Young Tiger NTR's upcoming film 'Jai Lava Kusha' have been in search for the suitable cast for their film from past couple of days. According to the latest report, actress Rashi Khanna has been roped in as one of the female leads of the film. Two more heroines are yet to be finalised. Rashi Khanna previously only worked in medium budgeted films with young heroes. This movie could be her first ever big ticket, entertainer. NTR is going to play triple roles in this mass cum comedy entertainer. The film will get launched on February 11. It is going to release on August  11. NTR's elder brother Kalyan Ram is going to produce under the banners of NTR Arts. It is being said that "the film would be made with the moderate budget. More details of the film will be known soon. As we know, NTR's 'Janatha Garage' stood as one of the biggest grosser of last year. 'Jai Lava Kusha' is expected to cross the collections of 'Janatha Garage'." Anupam Kher Dedicates Poem to Kashmiri Pandit's BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Pawan Kalyan Congratulates Chiru on the Success of 'Khaidi No.150' January 20, 2017 10:21

Tollywood Megastar Chiranjeevi's comeback movie 'Khaidi No.150' is a blockbuster hit. The movie has grossed 108 Crore 48 Lakh from the time it has released. There have been speculations that there is a tug of war is going between Chiru and his younger brother Pawan Kalyan. These rumours came up after Pawan Kalyan skipped the pre-release event of 'Khaidi No.150'. According to the latest report, Pawan Kalyan watched Chiru's movie and liked it. He personally went to Chiru's house and congratulated him on Thursday. He said it's great comeback. Pawan also congratulated producers Ram Charan and his mother Surekha. With this PK has definitely sidelined all the rumours. Pawan even had dinner with the whole family. Pawan has been busy with the shoot of Katamarayudu, due to which he couldn't make it to the pre-release event. Balakrishna's Son Mokshagna to Make his Debut in GPS Sequel BY M. DIVYA SRI

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‘Devuda’ Movie Director Arrested for Hurting Religious Sentiments January 20, 2017 10:02

"Director of an upcoming Telugu film was arrested today for allegedly hurting sentiments by depicting a religious symbol in poor light through some scenes on the complaint of a Bajrang Dal activist", police said. The sleuths of Special Operation Team of Rachakonda Police Commissionerate apprehended Dasari Sairam from Film Nagar in Hyderabad. Sairam is directing a Telugu film ‘Devuda’ casting new artists. "During the making of the movie, the director had included some scenes in which the hero character pours whisky and cigarettes...," a senior police officer said. Based on a complaint lodged by Bajrang Dal leader U Naveen, Neredmet police registered a case under sections 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), 298 (uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to hurt the religious feelings of any person) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc) of IPC. Another case was registered on similar grounds against the director by Kachiguda police under Hyderabad police commissioner. "Recently, the teaser of ‘Devuda’ was released on YouTube by the director and the film producer G Hari Kumar Reddy, prompting a complaint by a section of society saying it has hurt their religious sentiments," the officer said. The video was removed after Rachakonda police commissioner brought the matter to the notice of YouTube management. Sairam told interrogators that he had earlier also directed ‘Lottery’ and ‘Mitravinda’ movies with new artists. He also told police that he decided to cast the particular scene in ‘Devuda’ as he was 'inspired' by the visuals of certain rituals involving devotees purportedly telecast on two local news channels. Police are trying to nab the producer who is absconding. Further investigation is on. VIDEO: (Video Source: IndiaGlitz) 'Khaidi No 150' Adds Another Blockbuster Hit for Chiru BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s Nephew, Abu Musaib Killed in a Encounter January 20, 2017 09:41

Security forces have gunned down Abu Musaib alias Tahir on Thursday in an encounter in North Kashmir. Tahir is the nephew of 26/11 mastermind and operational commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Officials say that "Musaib had planned the attack on the CRPF post in Nowhatta Chowk on August 15 last year in which Commandant Pramod Kumar was killed." Officials say that "Musaib had revived LeT's activities in the region for the past few years and he was acting on the direct command of Lakhvi and other top leaders of the terror outfit based in Pakistan. " "He arranged the funds, arms and ammunitions and orchestrated violent protests, snatching of arms of security forces and carrying out attacks on the troops. We were on the look out for him for a long time," said an officer. Musaib, a resident of Pakistan. He was divisional commander of LeT in Bandipora and Ganderbal areas since August 2015. Tahir was involved in many terrorism-related activities which included weapon snatching of an army jawan of 14-Rashtriya Rifles in Bandipora In October 2015. When contacted, IG operations CRPF Zulfikar Hassan said, "During a joint operation with all the forces, Musaib, a dreaded terrorist was killed early morning on Thursday. He was the mastermind of terror attack on CRPF men during Independence Day 2016 in which our Commandant was martyred." Musaib also killed and snatched weapon of one Army jawan of 14 RR in October 2015. He also attacked a civilian and an Army personnel last year. "An information was received about the presence of militants in Parray Mohallah, Hajin locality of Bandipora district. SOG Sumbal along with 13 Rashtriya Rifles and 45 battalions of CRPF cordoned off area and launched the search operation. The information was received at 12.30 am on Thursday while an operation was launched at 4 am. Cordon was laid out in three houses of Khosa Mohalla, Hajin. Three sides were covered by RR while approach side was covered by CRPF and SOG of J&K police," said an official. "On first light, around 6:30 am, an announcement was made for residents to vacate their houses. Meanwhile the presence of the terrorist was confirmed in a house to the extreme west. A warning was given for surrender, but he didn't do so and at 7:05 am, Musaib came out from the house and started firing indiscriminately. He tried to break the cordon on the eastern side and fired at SOG. In retaliation, CRPF and SOG fired back and neutralised the militant. In exchange of fire one JKP constable Vikash Sharma got a bullet injury in his leg and hand and was immediately evacuated to 92 Base Hospital, Army Srinagar via chopper," said the officer. The forces also recovered one AK-56 rifle, 66 rounds, three magazines, one radio set, three grenades and matrix sheet from the encounter site. US shared credible evidence with Pak on Lakhvi BY M. DIVYA SRI

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