<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aarushi murder case: Allahabad High Court likely to pronounce judgment todayThe Allahabad High Court is likely to pronounce its judgment in the sensational murder case of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar today. The verdict will come four years after Aarushi’s parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were convicted for the killing their only daughter. Aarushi’s parents were sentenced to life after a court in Uttar Pradesh convicted them for the gruesome killings of their daughter and their domestic help Hemraj in 2013. Read our full story hereFTII students’ body decry Anupam Kher’s appointmentWithin few hours of the announcement of actor Anupam Kher’s appointment as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), students’ body of the FTII has questioned the decision of the ministry. The students’ body claimed that Kher runs a private acting institute and with his appointment at the government institute, the issue of conflict of interest will arise. Read our full story here 7th Pay Commission: 7.58 lakh teachers to get Rs 10k-50k hikeIn a decision which will be hailed by the teaching community, the Union cabinet has approved extension benefit of 7th Pay Commission to teachers of central and state universities and collegesunder the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and in Centrally Funded Technical Institutions . In total, 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staffs will get benefits of 7th Pay Commission. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the decision has been taken to attract good talent to academics and also as a sense of justice for all the teachers who are currently in the profession. Read our full story here Pak wants normal ties with India, but it takes two to tango: BajwaPakistan has shown “genuine desire” to have peaceful relations with its “belligerent” neighbour India but it takes two to tango, the country’s Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday. Speaking at a seminar in Karachi on ‘Interplay of Economy and Security’, Gen Bajwa also said that Pakistan needed a comprehensive effort to pursue the National Action Plan and remove vulnerabilities well before they turn into threats. Read our full story here FIFA Under-17 World Cup: India face African challengeLeave aside the amount of praise India’s Under-17 team has received in the last week. Leave aside the fact that opponents like US and Colombia have termed the hosts as tough nuts to crack. India will possibly be playing their last FIFA’s U-17 World Cup game when they take on Ghana in their last Group A game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. A win may keep Indian hopes alive for the next stage of the competition, depending on many other permutations and combinations. Read our full story here
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Anupam Kher was appointed chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India, Information and Broadcasting ministry officials said. Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure as head of the Pune-based institute. Reacting to the change of guard, Gajendra Chauhan said: “Anupam Kher has been appointed now as FTII Chairman, I hope he works well. My good wishes are with him.Prior to joining the FTII as its chairman, Kher has also held the chairman’s post in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and National School of Drama (NSD). He is also the chairman of the acclaimed acting school ‘Actor Prepares.’The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire. FTII is India’s premier film and television institute, under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. His term had ended in March. A notification regarding Kher’s appointment has been issued, officials saidWith inputs from PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Award winner and veteran actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the news chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India.Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointed has sparked outrage among students of India’s premiere film institute.The 62-year-old has has held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama.Kher was awarded Padma Shri in 2004 and Padma Bhushan last year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the nation celebrated Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha. PM Modi, President Kovind and a host of politicos and non-politicos wished the nation on the occasion. Pak rangers and BSF officials also exchanged sweets at the border.Like Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Zuha or Eid al-Adha begins with a prayer of two rakats, followed by a sermon.Traditionally, the festival of Eid al-Adha is celebrated two days after the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage. The starting date of this festival depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. It begins on the 10th day of the one of the holiest months of the Islam calendar.Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast,” is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year and is considered the holier of the two. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God’s command.Officials exchange sweets at Wagah border (PTI)(PTI)Meanwhile, Pakistani rangers exchange sweets with Border Security Force (BSF) officials on the occasion of Bakrid at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagha border on Saturday. On the occasion of holy Id-ul-Zuha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation and wished for harmony and brotherhood in the society.He took to Twitter on Saturday to express, ‘Best wishes on Id-ul-Zuha. May the spirit of harmony, brotherhood and togetherness be furthered in our society.’President Ramnath Kovind on Saturday greeted the nation as well as Indian Muslims living abroad, on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha.‘Greetings to all my fellow citizens, especially to my Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad, on Idu’l Zuha,’ he wrote on Twitter.ith Eid-al-Adha being celebrated across the country today, a number of political leaders extended their greetings to the people.Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, ‘Eid is an occasion to remember the spirit of supreme sacrifice by Hazrat Ibrahim. The festival teaches us to be humble, charitable and to work for the greater good of humankind.”She added, ‘I extend my warm wishes and hope that this auspicious occasion will usher peace, harmony and equity amongst all.’Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parikkar also extended his wishes to the people.‘Warm greetings to everyone on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha,’ he said.Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher on Saturday wished their fans on Eid al-Adha, hoping that this year will be filled with love, joy, prosperity and peace.Some of wishes posted on Twitter are:Bollywood mega star, Amitabh Bachchan, wished his fans by tweeting, ‘T 2535 – Eid al Adha Mubarak!!’‘Mubarakan’ actor Anil Kapoor, wrote, ‘Wherever you are in the world, and however you choose to celebrate today, I wish you and your loved ones a very happy and peaceful. Eid Al-Adha!’‘Meri taraf se aap Sabhi logon ko. EID MUBARAK !!! Best wishes and lots of love,’ tweeted Emraan Hashmi.Veteran actor Anupam Kher, extended his wishes by writing, ‘Eid Mubarak to all. Love, peace and happiness always.’‘Indu Sarkar’ director Madhur Bhandarkar, wrote, ‘Eid Mubarak. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid. Peace, happiness, prosperity.’Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast,” is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year and is considered the holier of the two.It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God’s command.
The film is based on a memoir written by a former aide of Manmohan Singh.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strongly condemning the video in which a security personnel is being roughed up by a youth while he was returning from a polling booth in Srinagar, veteran actor Anupam Kher has voiced out his anger in a message posted on social media.The video features a CRPF personnel using immense restraint even when he is attacked by the youth.Expressing his anger towards the same, the 62-year-old says, “Had the soldiers wanted, they could have easily thrashed the youth. What is even more shameful is that some people are trying to cover up the crimes of the youth in the valley under the shroud of human rights, saying they are misled. I agree majority of them do not think the same way about our soldiers but when a video like this goes viral, it is very important to react because it makes me livid.””I feel very angry not just because I am an Indian but on humanitarian grounds as well. It’s time to expose all those pseudo-intellectuals who keep talking about the incidents happening in Kashmir, But they should realise this is also the reality.””You can very well imagine if such things are happening with the soldiers, what they actually did 27 years ago with armless, innocent Kashmiri Brahmins and Kashmiri Pandits. I am feeling so angry that I cannot even speak.””It’s time to get together and expose not only these fringe elements or these terrorist-loving people but also those people who do not comment when something like this happens.”He concluded the video with ‘Jai Hind’.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s hardline Hindutva poster boy and five-time Member of Parliament (MP), Yogi Adityanath was on Sunday sworn in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, heading a 47-member council of ministers that includes two deputy CMs. Adityanath, who has been attacked for his inflammatory remarks against Muslims in the past, asserted that his government “will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination” and “will ensure balanced development of UP”.One person who has criticised Yogi Adityanath in the past is Bollywood actor and Modi supporter Anupam Kher. While he was thrilled after the UP elections results and had tweeted that he could hear the ‘echoes of the slap’ (of the mandate) till Los Angeles, saying people wanted ‘development’, he was extremely reticent post the announcement of Yogi Adityanath. Perhaps because he had been highly critical of the new UP CM. At the height of the intolerance debate in March 2016, Anupam Kher had launched an impassioned defence of PM Modi and hit out at BJP ‘members’ like Sadhvi Prachi and Yogi Adityanath who he claimed promoted ‘intolerance’.He had said at the Telegraph Annual Debate: “There are some people in the party (BJP) who speak nonsense, and ill-behave, whether it is Sadhvi or Yogi…they should be put behind bars, thrown out of the party (Hain kuch log aise party mein jo bakwas karte hain, chahe wo Sadhvi hon ya Yogi ho, unko andar kar dena chahiye aur unko nikal dena chahiye),” Kher said. “But, you can’t play with the entire country and say that we have intolerance here (magar aap pure desh ke saath khilwad nahin kar sakte ki hamare desh meyn intolerance hai,” he said.While Sadhvi Prachi isn’t even a member of the BJP, Adityanath had not taken too kindly to Kher’s remarks.He had said back then: “Everyone knows about the character of a villain. Kher is not only a reel life villain, but also in real life. I don’t want to say anything more on his statement made in Kolkata.” To be fair to Anupam Kher, he probably did not think PM Modi and Amit Shah would pick the firebrand leader to lead UP. As Kher often says: “Kuch bhi ho sakta hai (Anything can happen).” Yogi takes oath, promises to work for all sections Hours after taking oath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday promised to promised to work for all sections of the society without any discrimination, with focus on development and job creation.In a brief media interaction, he said his government will pursue the agenda of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ and fulfil all the promises made by the party during the polls. “We will follow ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ agenda and will serve the state…Our government will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination. We will ensure balanced development of UP,” Adityanath said.His comments assume significance as he is considered to be a hardline Hindutva mascot. “I want to assure people that BJP, which got votes for development and security, will show positive resuilts soon,” the Chief Minister said. “Effective measures will be taken by our government for welfare of common man and it will be devoted to welfare of people. The administration will be made sensible and answerable and emphasis will be on law and order,” he said.Accusing the previous governments of being responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the state, Adityanath said work will be done to make development agriculture-based as it is main source of income. Women empowerment, their security and honour will also be on top of the BJP government agenda, he said.”We will focus on skill development of youths so that they can get job opportunity while government appointments will be made corruption free and transparent. Investment will be promoted for industrial devolpment and it will be done for economic develompent,” Adityanath added.