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Actor Mansoor Ali Khan, who was arrested during a protest in Cauvery Management Board, was released from the Chennai Prison Jail .
नाबालिग़ लड़की से बलात्कार के जुर्म में स्वयंभू धर्मगुरू आसाराम को आजन्म कारावास और दो सहयोगियों को बीस-बीस साल की क़ैद. कहानी आसाराम के उत्थान और पतन की -- एक दौर था इस स्वयंभू धर्मगुरू के दरबार में बड़े बड़े नेता पहुँचते थे. दुनिया जहान में चर्चा क्यूबा की. राऊल कास्त्रो के सत्ता छोड़ने से क्यूबा-अमरीका से संबंधों पर क्या असर पड़ेगा?
With Chennai Super Kings absent from Indian Premier League action for two years, Royal Challengers Bangalore and CSK return to renew their intense rivalry when they face-off in Bengaluru today. It is going to be current and former India captains Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading the two sides against each other.
Madsen to serve life in prison for murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine. Also, Indian guru Asaram Bapu sentenced to life for raping girl, international conference raises pledges of humanitarian aid for Syria, we profile the Incels - a sinister and misogynistic online community, and why Japan is angry about dessert due to be served at Korean summit.
A self-styled Indian spiritual guru who claims millions of followers worldwide has been given a life sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl. Also in the programme: Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, and why is the fight against malaria stalling? Image: Indian spiritual guru Asaram Bapu. Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images.
Vairamuthu takes on back at BJP'S H Raja and SV Sekar for their controversy they have created.
In a video that has gone viral, the audience at a theatre can be seen watching a Tamil ad on the big screen. A young woman in a wheelchair comes to a temple for an 'archanai' as she has got a job. Another woman on the screen excitedly congratulates her and says this paves way for other disabled candidates to get jobs.
On Awful and Awesome this week, Abhinandan and Rajyasree are joined by our very own Deepanjana Pal (DJ). This time, she's back as a guest to talk about her first novel Hush a Bye Baby, a thriller about a gynaecologist, Dr Nandita Rai, who is accused of conducting sex-selective abortions. Sekhri and Sen question DJ about her choice of genre. In response to which, Pal says, “So, at a very basic level, I think it’s fair to say that Hush a Bye Baby is kind of in the middle of many genres. It is a thriller, I hope. But it is also a social drama like you’re describing. It does have a lot to do with the society in which all of this is taking place. It isn’t a conventional murder mystery which is what most thrillers tend to be. There are no dead bodies in this. In many ways, it’s a little bit of a cross-genre kind of a thing.” After having discussed the novel extensively, and DJ’s view on abortions and a woman’s autonomy over her own body, Sekhri and Sen move on to discuss the bizarre, shocking, and extremely disappointing comments made by Bollywood celebrities on rapes in India. The greatest superstar of the country, Amitabh Bachchan, also the brand ambassador of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, when asked to comment on the Kathua rape case, said: “‘Don’t bring up this issue, it is terrible to even talk about it.” While it is a disgusting incident, that doesn’t mean you don’t comment on it. As Sekhri commented: “He is a superstar and we respect him but he is like every other uncle.” Next in line is Saroj Khan, who had something to say about the existence of the casting couch in the industry: “Tum film industry ke peeche kyu pade ho. Woh kamse kam roti toh dedeti hai. Rape karke chorh toh nai deti”. To Sen, the justification that she is making is hardly some salvation. While Bachchan’s and Saroj Khan’s old age can be held up as an excuse for making such statements, what reason does Ranbir Kapoor have? Speaking about the casting couch, the Rockstar actor said: "I don’t know if it exists. I have never been expected to do it” and then laughed! Sen had a very obvious remark to make to that, “For everyone who comes from a level of privilege in their sphere of life, to say I’ve never seen this deprivation is ridiculous.” Moving on, the duo discusses the teaser of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Both are highly impressed by the actor’s uncanny resemblance to Sanjay Dutt, but the teaser fails to make a mark on them. According to Sen, “I didn’t think much of the teaser. I thought it was a bit farcical. Like they had just slapped it together. And for some reason, I got the feeling that it was making a hero out of Sanjay Dutt’s stupidities. Because I do think he’s a silly man. He came from the lap of privilege and went wayward. That has been made into a virtue.” Sekhri, however, is less harsh in his opinion on the teaser, “What they’ve attempted is very clever. His life is more tragic than comic. But rather than make the trailer tragic, they attempted to make it almost farcical. I don’t think it works. But it was a clever thing to have tried.” Next, the new Durex Kohinoor Meetha Pan condom ad is reviewed. For Sekhri, the ad is "wrong in all sorts of ways". He also adds, “Ever since Pooja Bedi’s Kamasutra ad, nobody has come up with a classy condom ad. All condom ads have been sleazy.” Talking of advertisements, the next topic of discussion is a print ad commissioned by the ministry of health, to promote healthy eating and being slim. But of course, it’s only directed at women. No surprises there. Sekhri brings out the fallacies that this ad, which shows two women of different sizes, displays. Lastly, Sen talks about an Amazon original that she watched, written and acted in by Sumukhi Suresh, called ‘Pushpavalli’.
On this podcast of Reporters Without Orders, we have Ramnath Goenka award-winner Rahul Kotiyal joining the panel. Currently a freelancer, he has earlier been with Scroll.in's Hindi website Satyagraha and Tehelka. The panel discusses the issues of death penalty, the Dainik Jagran article on Kathua rape, Judge Loya verdict and more. Rahul describes the story that won him the Ramnath Goenka award for Hindi reporting under the print category. “It was a two-part series on organisations in north India that are running an anti-jihad campaign called Beti Bachao, Bahu Lao. This campaign stops girls from having an inter-caste marriage. I reported this from Dehradun,” he says. Nidhi Suresh, our in-house reporter on the ground in Kashmir, elaborates on her story about a 16-year-old minor girl from Kulgam who went missing and the chargesheet was filed a few days ago. Disappointed by the preliminary chargesheet, she says, “The girl said she was drugged. To establish that, they should have conducted a medical examination. It has to be done within 24 hours.” Abhinandan feels that the whole excitement about the death penalty for child rapists is “such a dumb celebration by dumb people for dumb policy and intervention by dumb policymakers.” Amit adds that the incidents that were in the news last week deserved to be covered. They include the sacking of Atishi Marlena, Judge Loya verdict and the impeachment process. On the other hand, “Swati Maliwal’s indefinite hunger strike was not covered by the mainstream media,” he says. On the issue of death penalty, Rahul points out that the media didn't take it the way it should have been taken. It took it as a welcome step. “It was brought in as an ordinance but an ordinance should come in emergency situations; this will bring a regressive change in our legal system.” Furthermore, he discusses that the Dainik Jagran front page article was a culmination of baseless allegations. The article claimed that the Kathua rape never happened. No evidence substantiated the claim. “They claim there were two post-mortem reports but they haven’t presented the reports anywhere. The major and only difference they found is that one had seven injuries and the other one six injuries.” Nidhi calls this as “reflective of our lack of understanding of rape.” The Loya case, Abhinandan believes, deserved more coverage. He points out that the reporting wasn’t dissecting the judgment page-by-page. “On one hand in the same order, they said a judge cannot lie. On the other hand in the same report, there is another judge who says the ECG machine was not working, so he was mistaken.” In the case of death penalty, Rohin argues that when the state cannot give life, how can it take life away? “Nobody is a rapist by birth. Social conditioning contributes to it largely. Even if you give death penalty to the rapist, whom will you blame for social conditioning?” he questions. He further points out that in remote areas, organisations such as Newslaundry, Boom Live, Alt News find it difficult to reach the masses. Hence, publications such as Dainik Jagran circulated a narrative in those areas. Now they feel people are unnecessarily blaming Modi in the Kathua case. While working on the Kulgam case, Nidhi shares that she was disappointed to see that there is interest in the case as long as there is a politician involved. “Let’s face it, Kathua caught fire only because two BJP leaders were involved.” Abhinandan adds: “From the news point of view, there are certain mechanisms that are outcomes of civilisation, governance, democracy, bureaucracy. When that process becomes a perpetrator of the crime, from a macro point of view, it is a failure of the system as opposed to a crime which like Anand Vardhan once said is ‘the banality of crime’.” All this and more on this week’s podcast.
आध्यात्मिक गुरु आसाराम के ख़िलाफ़ बलात्कार मामले में आज फ़ैसला, जोधपुर में सुरक्षा व्यवस्था कड़ी की गई. यूपी में दलितों के घर खाना खाने को लेकर सियासत गर्म, विपक्ष ने योगी सरकार को लिया निशाने पर. बताएंगे, पुरुषों के माने-जाने वाले राजमिस्त्री के काम में झारखंड की महिलाएं कैसे बढ़ रही हैं आगे. होंगी खेल की भी ख़बरें, लेकिन पहले सुनते हैं विश्व समाचार.
President Macron of France has said that a new additional deal must be negotiated with Iran to curb its regional activities and ballistic missile programme. Also in the programme: Canada's hero cop and resolving conflict in the Moluccas Picture: US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
தமிழகத்தில் கிராம சபை கூட்டம் நடத்த விழிப்புணர்வு ஏற்படுத்தும் வகையில் மக்கள் நீதி மய்யம் சார்பில் மாதிரி கிராம சபை கூட்டம் நடத்தப்பட்டது.
Mr Haasan, who has repeatedly targeted the AIADMK government in the state over the issue of corruption, fired another salvo. "Gram sabhas were not seriously pursued due to selfish politics. Each gram sabha gets between Rs. 1 crore and Rs. 5 crore, based on a village's population. If Tamil Nadu has 12,000-plus villages, imagine the funds that are available. Gram sabhas are held to check if these funds are well utilized," said Mr Haasan
Kamal Hassan's People's Justice Party's lawyer Rajasekhar has suddenly resigned. Lawyer Rajasekhar said that Kamal Hassan's People's Justice Party had no respect for his party and hence withdrew from the party. Within a few months of the party's launch, the party has been shocked by the party's popularity.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be taking on Chennai Super Kings in their 6th match of VIVO IPL on April 25. Both teams are coming off from a victory in their previous encounters. While Chennai are the leader of the points table right now, RCB would have gained a lot of confidence from their win against Delhi in the last game. In the meantime Dhoni and Raina Daughters started to bang the social media with their cute clicks.,..
anti-IPL stir witnessed three police personnel being attacked by protesters, Rajinikanth had denounced it, saying, "the worst form of violence is the assault on uniformed personnel. Bharathiraja had objected to this and said the actor should not drive a wedge between the Tamil people
ईरान ने अमरीका को किया आगाह कि वो परमाणु समझोते से पीछे न हटे जोधपुर में आसाराम बापू के मुकदमे पर फ़ैसला कल जेल में ही सुनाया जाएगा सचिन तेंदुल्कर के 45वें जन्मदिन पर याद करेंगे 2003 में सेंचूरियन में पाकिस्तान के ख़िलाफ़ खेली गई उनकी पारी को
Iran has warned of severe consequences if the US withdraws from an international nuclear deal, as President Macron of France tries to persuade Donald Trump not to pull out. Also in the programme: The man accused of killing ten people by driving a van into them in the Canadian city of Toronto is due in court; and Bollywood's MeToo movement. (Image: Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron. Credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)
'NIRMALA DEVI SHOULD BE SEVERELY PUNISHED IF CHARGES PROVEN' Rajinikanth broke his silence on several issues, including an alleged sex scandal involving a woman college assistant professor, Nirmala Devi.
Those in Ernakulam the other day who saw a handsome man whizzing past them on a BMW bike couldn''t believe their eyes. The man they saw riding the BMW''s limited edition bike was none other than Mollywood''s mega star Mammootty. Click the below link and subscribe to our Channel for more updates on Malayalam Cinema. https://www.youtube.com/user/igmalayalam?sub_confirmation=1