Comedian-actor Raju Srivastava breathed his last breath at the age of 58, on Wednesday at AIIMS Delhi, after being admitted there following a heart attack on 10 August. His demise came as a huge setback for his fans. Soon after the news broke out, politicians, actors and millions of his fans took to the Internet to express grief.
Taking to Twitter, President Droupadi Murmu tweeted in Hindi, “The untimely demise of comedian Raju Srivastav is extremely sad. He had enthralled the audience with his comical performances. He gave a new identity to the comedy scene in India. My condolences to his family and fans.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Raju Srivastava brightened our lives with laughter, humour and positivity. He leaves us too soon but he will continue to live in the hearts of countless people thanks to his rich work over the years. His demise is saddening. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.” The PM shared a photo of himself with the comedian along with the tweet.
Celebrities also expressed their grief over the demise of comedian Raju Srivastava.
Singer Anup Jalota shared a message video. He said, “To find a personality like Raju Srivastava is difficult. I know him since the starting days of his career. He used to consider me as an elder brother.”
Veteran actor Anupam Kher took to his Instagram handle and posted a video along with a caption. He wrote, “Our beloved Raju Srivastava! The whole country has stopped laughing when you left! She does not echo in giggles! What was the hurry to make God laugh!”
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Girls in Kashmir find passion in Hockey
Hockey is becoming the new attraction for Kashmiri girls with its rising popularity. The girls are becoming passionate about the sport, and it is also leading to the empowerment of women in the valley.
Sports provide the girls with an opportunity to showcase their talent and make a bright future.
The girls are showing a keen interest in participating in all types of sports.
The Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and Kashmir Hockey Association are organising a number of hockey tournaments in the valley, and the girls are also participating in them with full spirits.
The girls in the valley are showing great performances in all types of games, including water sports, basketball, martial arts, football, rugby, and hockey as well.
As a result of this, the government too is trying to provide them with all types of facilities and is organising a series of tournaments.
The Organiser and President of Kashmir Hockey Academy said that games are being organised at night so that the youth stay away from drugs and remain busy playing sports, which will be beneficial for them.
“We are preparing for the games at night. Our main aim is to keep the youth engaged. Night is the time when people go towards drugs. That’s why we have laid focus on keeping games at night. ” he said,
He further added, “:We hope that the National Sports of the country will bring the youth back from drugs. Turfs are being laid for the hockey games, and preparations are being made for other games too. We will soon inaugurate the night facility for cricket matches.”
Bella Hadid gets dress spray-painted on her body live on runway
Model Bella Hadid recently stunned everyone at the Coperni Show in Paris. As captured by New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman and many others on social media, the model, 25, appeared on the runway in nothing but a pair of underwear and heels, covering her breasts while a team of three men sprayed a dress on her body, Page Six reported.
The dress was made of Fabrican, a spray-on material that hardens into a wearable textile. The techs sprayed the fabric over her body in the shape of a dress, and, after some careful adjusting, she walked down the runway in the stunning outfit.
Coperni is known for their daring styles—the brand went viral in April for their purse made of hand-blown glass, carried by Kylie Jenner and Doja Cat.
Bella’s appearance on the fashion show has garnered everyone’s attention.
Reacting to it, a social media user commented, “Bella Hadid is closing Coperni SS23, wearing a spray-on dress created live on the runway. Iconic!”
Another one wrote, “Fashion history. Iconic. Pure art. Breathtaking. Bella Hadid closing coperni ss23 in a dress that was sprayed onto her during the show.”
Bella has been wowing all over the catwalk this month, hitting the runway earlier in the day for Victoria Beckham and walking in the Isabel Marant fashion show with sister Gigi Hadid on Thursday. She also appeared in London earlier this week for Burberry, and Milan and New York City before that.
Durga Puja celebrations get an ‘anti-corruption’ theme
As the Durga puja fervour gains peak with various themed pandals popping up across the country, an ‘anti-corruption pandal’ has been set up in Kolkata to bring the message home. In what can be seen as a veiled attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal, the anti-corruption pandal is themed after the SSC scam and other cases of alleged corruption.
The Durga Puja pandal prominently displays cut-outs and pictures of Partha Chatterjee, along with bundles of cash, a dummy ED vehicle, and a dummy property with ‘APA’ written at the gate.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah was invited to inaugurate the event. However, he was unable to attend because of prior obligations in Gujarat. In his absence, the Durga Pandal at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre was unveiled by Sukanta Majumda, the leader of the BJP Bengal division.
“Puja is being done in a very traditional way. However, people who visit the pandals will get to see whatever is happening in the state,” said Rudranil Ghosh, head of the BJP’s Sankritik Manch, which was apparently created by Kailash Vijayvargiya and former BJP leader Mukul Roy. According to sources, some officials disagreed with the notion of holding the puja under a party banner.
As far as the SSC scam is concerned, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against 16 accused, including former state minister Partha Chatterjee. It was alleged that the accused conspired with one another in order to gain an unfair advantage in the matter of appointing unqualified candidates to the posts of Group-C staff at various schools through the 3rd RLST (NT), 2016, after the panel had expired.
The Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava, is a yearly celebration that honours the Hindu goddess Durga and commemorates her victory over Mahishasur. Over the years, Durga Puja has become an important part of Indian culture, with innumerable people celebrating this festival in their own unique way while adhering to tradition.
Hindu mythology holds that the goddess comes to her earthly abode at this time to bless her devotees. From the reverberation of ‘dhaak’ and new clothes to delicious food, there remains a merry mood during these days.
UK minister plans to change immigration policy
Suella Braverman, the country’s new interior minister who is of Indian descent, stated in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that the Liz Truss government in the UK hopes to keep its promise made during the 2019 election campaign to reduce net migration.
Braverman stated that Britain has a high number of low-skilled migrants and a large number of international students adding that the students more often brought dependents with them to UK thereby affecting the country’s growth.
“What we’ve got is too many low skilled workers coming into this country. We’ve also got a very high number of students coming into this country and we’ve got a really high number of dependents,” the interior minister said.
Suella Braverman continued, saying that the UK government will limit migration and reassess immigration policy because “those individuals are coming here, they’re not necessarily working or they’re working in low-skilled positions, and they’re not contributing to building our economy.”
In the year ending June 2021, net migration to the UK was 239,000, according to the UK’s office for national statistics. There have been more non-EU workers, particularly those from India, while there are fewer European Union workers in the UK as a result of Brexit. Therefore, a decrease in net migration to the UK may have an impact on Indian immigrants and students who want to study there.
In line with Suella Braverman’s remarks, the Guardian reported earlier this week that Liz Truss would alter immigration laws to address the serious labour shortage in the nation.
Anti-Sikh riots of 1984 marks one of the ‘darkest’ years: US senator
The anti-Sikh riots of 1984 was one of the “darkest” years, according to a US senator who emphasised the significance of remembering the horrors committed against Sikhs so that those responsible may be held accountable.
Following the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her Sikh bodyguards, unrest broke out in Delhi and other regions of the nation. In India, around 3,000 Sikhs were killed, largely in the capital.
“1984 marks one of the darkest years in modern Indian history. The world watched as several violent incidents broke out among ethnic groups in India, with several notably targeting the Sikh community,” Senator Pat Toomey said in his speech on the Senate floor.
“Today we are here to remember the tragedy that commenced on November 1, 1984, following decades of ethnic tension between Sikhs in the Punjab province and the central Indian Government,” he said.
As so often in such cases, the official estimates likely do not tell the whole story, but it is estimated that over 30,000 Sikh men, women, and children were deliberately targeted, raped, slaughtered, and displaced by mobs across India, said the senator from Pennsylvania.
According to Senator Toomey, a member of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, Sikhism has roots in the Punjab region of India and has been practised there for close to 600 years. Sikhism is one of the world’s main faiths, with 700,000 adherents in the US and about 30 million worldwide.
Sikhs have a long history of showing a dedication to helping people from all religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, exhibiting their kindness and strong sense of community.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sikh communities across Pennsylvania and the United States came together to deliver groceries, masks, and other supplies to tens of thousands of families in need no matter their race, gender, religion, or creed,” he said.
Toomey claimed to have experienced firsthand the Sikh way of life and to now have a deeper understanding of the Sikh tradition, which is based on peace, equality, and respect.
It is clear that the presence and contributions of Sikh communities have thoroughly enriched their neighbourhoods across the country, he said.
‘If you want a change, choose me’ : Tharoor on Congress president poll
In the upcoming presidential election of the grand old party, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor reiterated on Saturday that his contest against senior party member Mallikarjun Kharge “is not a battle.” Following days of turmoil surrounding the intra-party troubles in Rajasthan, Tharoor and Kharge finally submitted their nominations for the crucial elections, which are set for October 17, on Friday.
“This is not a war. We can belong to different schools of thoughts. Let the members decide,” Tharoor told news agency ANI in an interview on Saturday. “All I am telling the members is that if you’re satisfied with the functioning of the party, please vote for Kharge Sahab. But if you want a change, choose me.. If you want the party to function differently.”
His remarks came as news spread that the Gandhis were endorsing the 80-year-old Kharge for the top party position. On Saturday, Kharge announced his resignation as the opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, a day after more than 30 leaders surprised many by end-of-nomination support for his candidacy. In contrast, Tharoor was not accompanied by as many senior leaders.
“But there is no ideological problem here. Whatever the message has so far of the Congress will continue to remain,” Shashi Tharoor said on Saturday, dismissing any differences.
Even though the Gandhis made it clear that they would no longer be running for president post, their management has continued to draw criticism. Regarding the family’s importance for the party in light of the BJP’s dynastic politics allegations.
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