- Technicians get Injured on sets of Dabangg 2
- Maharashtra Mantralaya like situation in Delhi Secretariat also
- West Bengal CM reactivates Singur movement panel
- KBC Winner Sushil Kumar leaves Jr Bachchan Stunned
- Poonam Pandey to redefine Sex in her debut Bollywood Film
- Bihar Government goes social, joins Facebook and Twitter
- Gangs of Wasseypur gets a big Thums Up in Bihar and Jharkhand
- Rowdy Rathore inspires directors to have its Prequel
- Little Girl Mahi still stuck inside 70ft Borewell
- Pranab Mukherjee to quit Finance Ministry on June 26
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 06:37 PM PDT
The shooting of Salman Khan Starrer Dabangg 2 got disturbed when three technicians were injured. They all have been admitted to the Lilavati Hospital and are out of danger.
“Members of the principal cast were not filming during the mishap. All three technicians are out of danger,” the statement read.
The technicians were injured following an “electric blast” on the set, said a source.
Salman accompanied the injured people, two of whom were initially said to be “serious”, to the hospital.
His brother Arbaaz Khan, who is directing the movie, too came to the hospital, as did their father, veteran writer Salim Khan.
“Dabangg 2″ is the sequel to 2010 blockbuster “Dabangg”, which starred Salman and Sonakshi Sinha in key roles.
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 05:18 PM PDT
Two days after a huge fire gutted four floors of the Maharashtra Secretariat in Mumbai, officials here said that Delhi’s 10-storey secretariat building too was found to have flouted fire safety norms. Its clearance certificate was revoked for four months from January to April this year.
“Yes, the Delhi Secretariat had issues with the fire safety norms. We suspended their NOC (No-Objection Certificate). After they rectified…we re-issued it. As of now the secretariat has complied with the fire safety norms,” a Delhi Fire Service (DFS) officer, pleading anonymity, told IANS.
Reacting to the fire safety issue, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told a TV channel, “We are vigilant about it.”
According to the fire brigade, the ten-floor Delhi Secretariat in central Delhi, which houses the Chief Minister’s Office and other important government offices, did not adhere to many of the fire safety norms. So, the Delhi Fire Service suspended its clearance certificate and it was re-issued on May 4.
The fire safety certificate was suspended for four months from January to April.
“We noticed that most of the fire safety equipments like the smoke sensors were defunct, the main water pipeline in the building was not functioning…so the fire fighting equipments like sprinklers, hose drills and water hydrants could not be used, which was rectified only recently,” a DFS officer said.
Fire Safety Association of India (FSAI) executive member Nikhil Krishen said: “Many government buildings, though they do fire audits, don’t implement it as it is costly. For example, the Mumbai Mantralaya had done its fire safety audits in 2008, but what is the use?”
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 03:57 PM PDT
West Bengal CM is in damage control mode after Kolkata High Court dismissed the Singur land acquisition Act 2011. She has convened a meeting of Krishi Jami Jibon Jibika Rakha Committee, a virtually defunct panel that had played a key role in the movement against farmland acquisition.
Banerjee declined to speak to the media. However, Agriculture Minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya said the committee has decided to start afresh the movement for return of land to unwilling farmers.
“Along with the legal battle, the committee will start a movement with the farmers,” Bhattacharya said. Committee representatives said they will go to Singur and renew the movement at the grass roots.
Members of some Left mass organisations, civil liberty groups, and parties like the Party of Democratic Socialism, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), the Siddiqullah Chowdhury-led People’s Democratic Conference of India, and Janata Dal-United attended the 150-minute deliberation.
A resolution passed at the meeting said: “We are committed to return the land to the unwilling farmers. Proper actions would be taken to uphold the rights of the farm workers and Bargadars (sharecroppers).”
PDS general secretary Samir Putatunda said: “We will carry on our movement. The movement will go on along with the legal battles.”
He, however, did not elaborate. “Today we cannot say more.”
Terming the land law, enacted by the West Bengal government last year to return land taken from the farmers as “unconstitutional”, a division bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Mrinal Kanti Chaudhuri Friday ruled sections of compensation in the legislation were in conflict with the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.
State government counsel Kalyan Bandopadhyay said the government would appeal to the Supreme Court, while Banerjee reiterated her government’s commitment to return the land to the farmers.
The decision caused gloom among most of the affected farmers in Singur in Hooghly district, 40 km from Kolkata.
Automobile giant Tata Motors had moved a division bench against Justice I.P. Mukerji’s Sep 28 ruling that upheld the law passed by the Banerjee government soon after assuming office last year to return 400 acres to farmers.
A total of 997 acres of land in Singur was leased to the Tatas by the Left Front government for the firm’s Nano small car project, along with several vendors who were to set up ancillary units at the site.
Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee said, on Facebook that the moral support was fueling the struggle for the cause of the farmers.
“Thank you very much for your overwhelming response to my post on Singur yesterday. This has deeply touched my heart. Your moral support at this juncture is a great source of inspiration to continue our struggle for the cause of farmers,” wrote Banerjee in response to her Friday’s post which received 1,133 comments and nearly 1,800 likes.
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 03:19 PM PDT
After stunning Dad, Sr. Bachchan by winning Rs 5 Crores, the KBC Winner from Bihar Sushil Kumar, who was the first to win Rs.5 crore on “Kaun Banega Crorepati 5″, left the latter’s son Abhishek impressed with a dance performance dedicated to the rain gods.
Bihar-based Kumar is currently a participant in dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5″, and Abhishek came to promote his forthcoming movie “Bol Bachchan” on it.
Kumar’s performance was a tribute to 100 years of cinema. Abhishek was touched by the act, and even taught the ‘crorepati’ winner some dance moves.
Both of them danced to the tunes of Abhishek’s hip-hop number from “Bluffmaster”.
The episode featuring both the ‘stars’ will be aired on Colors Sunday.
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 02:22 PM PDT
Internet Celebrity Poonam Pandey has hit the headlines again when she revealed on Twitter about her debut Bollywood Film. Poonam Pandey’s debut venture directed by Amit Saxena will release sometime in Decemeber.
In a tweet She says,” Sex was never as neat as the movies made it. Real sex was messy. Good sex was messier. But in my Debut Film its gonna be the Best“
Meanwhile with her growing popularity surpassed JISM 2 Star Sunny when her follower count exceeded that of Porn Star. While Kingfisher Calendar Girl, Poonam Pandey has got 244,079 Followers, Sunny Leone could manage to have 232,619 followers only.
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 11:37 AM PDT
After US President Barack Obama, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, it is Nitish Kumar led Bihar Government which goes social. The Government has taken a positive step forward by joining Social networking Websites Facebook and Twitter.
The General Administration Department, Government of Bihar, has opened an account on Facebook and Twitter to maintain transparency in its functioning, official sources said today. The General Administration Department is one of the most important regulatory departments of the State Government. Deepak Kumar, principal secretary of the department, said, “We would upload certain information and important announcements of the state government on both the sites”.
The Facebook Page was started on June 20 and till date (23 June) , 564 users have liked the Page. The department, which acts as a nodal agency of the personnel department, public complaint, public services, training etc, will upload information like transfer and posting orders, circular and related documents.
Kumar said that there is designated staff to handle the accounts of both the pages. He added that the pages on Facebook and Twitter will also be useful for state employees who work in the interiors of the state, as well as those who work in the media.
The general administration department has urged its officials and employees, besides general public to follow its activities in the Facebook, the sources added
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 11:35 AM PDT
Gangs Of Wasseypur has been the highest Collecting Film in this Week among the 3 Blockbusters released on Friday. The Film has grossed high in Bihar, UP and Jharkhand, in addition to drawing crowds in Multiplexes of Metros.
The Hindu calls this movie, Part Time Avengers. The movie is based on the themeline, “ A man must avenge the death of his father, but he whiles away his time making babies“. No doubt, the movie scored more than 3 Crore Rupees on the very day of its Release
Prashant Kumar Singh, owner of Puja Talkies in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, told IANS: “‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ has opened very well with 80 to 85 percent occupancy. Some of the shows were even houseful. The film is going great and even the advance booking is going on full swing.“
Bihar-based Brijesh Tandon of HK Tandon and Company said, “Gangs Of Wasseypur has opened very well in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It is around 80 percent occupancy.”
Written by Zeishan Quadri, who hails from Wasseypur, known for the bloody rivalry between gangster Faheem Khan and businessman Sabir Alam over scrap business, the film is described as a cinematic offering that has hurled audiences right into the notorious anarchy of the North Indian small-town where the barrel of the gun speaks an irresistible language of mayhem by a reviewer.
Directed by Kashyap, it has too much of gore and blood and it is believed that violence on this level has never really been a part of mainstream Hindi cinema before.
Despite that the audiences are thronging the cinema hall to see this blood saga.
Delhi-base distributor Sanjay Ghai said: ” ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ has opened with 70 to 80 percent opening in both single screens and multiplex in Delhi and is going great.”
In Mumbai, the response was slow but, according to distributor Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combine, “‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ opened with 20 to 25 percent in Mumbai. But it has started improving from the evening shows and would pick up in the night and at the weekend.”
Manoj Gupta of Viacom 18 said: “In Varanasi, the opening was around 70 to 80 percent but the afternoon shows went houseful in Lucknow, Gorakhpur among others. Even the multiplex shows of ‘Gangs…’ are houseful.”
Kashyap, who co-produced the film with Sunil Bohra, has said that it is his most expensive film and he reportedly had to spend Rs 15 crore on paying the actors.
Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadha, Huma Quershi, Reema Sen and Piyush Mishra’s have stepped into thier roles convincingly and their powerful performances have made this real life-based story into a compelling cinema and it is wooing audiences in Kolkata too.
” ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ has opened with 45 to 50 percent occupancy in Kolkata and is getting better with the evening shows,” said Moni Venkatesh of Shri Venkatesh Films.
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 10:30 AM PDT
Makers of Superhit Action Film Rowdy Rathore are planning to have a part 2 of the Film. However, it is said that the movie would be based on the early life of Supercop Vikram Rathore. The idea is to go back in time and portray the life of Vikram Rathore – the death of his wife and his posting in the village.”.
“I think once the film does well, people expect sequel or a prequel, but when something develops, we will keep the people updated,” says Sonakshi Sinha, who played the lead actress in the movie.
The film will probably be titled ‘Don’t Angry Me’ – a dialogue that became famous with the first part.
The movie, directed by Prabhu Deva, and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, marked Akshay Kumar`s comeback as action hero. It has regaled the audience with its masala, spunky dialogues and raw action.The film has grossed over Rs.100 crore at the box office.
However, with Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi and Prabhudheva busy with their ongoing projects, the film will only start next year. “After Prabhu’s Namak, he will go ahead with the second part of Rowdy,” the source added.
Meanwhile, rumors are that ‘Rowdy Rathore’ Director Prabhu Deva to do Item Song in Akshay's Next Film Oh My God. The film directed by Umesh Shukla features actor Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Sonakshi and is based on a Gujarati play “Kanji Viruddh Kanji.”
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 09:30 AM PDT
More than 60 hours after four-year-old Mahi fell into a 70-feet-deep borewell in a Manesar village in Haryana in the foothills of the Aravali ranges, hopes of her survival grew dimmer, even as the army and the police are racing against time to rescue the trapped girl.
Rescue teams had no idea still how deep she has fallen.
Indian Army engineers from Delhi and National Security Guard commandos, who are based in Manesar, were trying to rescue the child. The accident drew nationwide attention after wide coverage on TV.
According to Chief Medical Officer Praveen Garg, the supply of oxygen was being provided through a pipe to Mahi, although there was no word about her condition.
The incident came six years after a similar dramatic rescue of five- year-old boy called Prince, who was saved 50 hours after falling into a 60-feet pit near Kurukshetra in Haryana, an event that was followed live on national television.
Ground Penetrating Radar System (GPRS) were called to assist the rescue team Friday.
The gap between both the bores is about 8 feet. While digging the tunnel to reach the child, from newbore to borewell, a large piece of stone had became a barrier. Due to that, the rescue team missed the goal Friday.
An another tunnel was dug Saturday, the rescue team was facing the same problem. This time instead of cutting the stones by hands they were using hand cutter drill machine, an official further added.
If the current efforts fails then a fresh parallel bore would be needed, said an official.
Rescue personnel inside the tunnel carrying oxygen pipes with them were hardly able to stay for more than 5 to 10 minutes in the tunnel at a stretch.
Rohtash Singh, the owner of the land where Mahi slipped and fell, has been charged but is absconding, DCP (South) Praveen Mehta told IANS.
Mahi slipped into a borewell near Manesar’s Industrial Model Township (IMT) on National Highway-8, when her family was celebrating her birthday, around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Mahi is the daughter of Niraj Uppadhyay, who hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district. Niraj is a security supervisor at a factory in Manesar and was living in Kasan village with his wife Sonia and two-year old daughter.
Posted: 23 Jun 2012 08:30 AM PDT
Noting that his four-decade-long involvement in party politics was coming to an end, UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee Saturday announced he would quit as finance minister June 26. He also sought to reach out to the Trinamool Congress, appealing for all undecided parties to support his candidature.
“Except one, all parties which are partners of the government, are supporting me. Those giving outside support to the government like the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, have also supported me,” he said outside his South Kolkata residence.
Noting that parties not associated with the UPA, like the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the All India Forward Bloc, the Janata Dal-United and the Shiv Sena, also have backed him, Mukherjee reiterated his appeal to all undecided parties to extend their support to him for the top job.
“Those who are yet to take a decision, I request them to support the UPA nominee,” said Mukherjee.
The Trinamool, second largest constituent of the UPA, is yet to announce its stand on the presidential choice after its preferred candidate, former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, declined to contest. However, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has so far been firmly opposing Mukherjee’s bid for the country’s presidency.
Earlier, speaking to reporters at his ancestral village Mirati in Birbhum district, Mukherjee said he would quit his central government and the Congress party posts.
“I have been in politics for a long time. After becoming a presidential election candidate, I won’t have any party, I will not be in politics. This is a constitutional tradition,” he said.
“I will relieve myself of the post of finance minister on June 26. I could not take such a decision earlier because the prime minister (Manmohan Singh) was out of the country. I have to perform some duties in the prime minister’s absence,” said the veteran politician, considered the number two in the UPA government and its chief trouble shooter.
Mukherjee would return to Delhi Sunday evening.
“Then I will put in my papers. I am still a Congressman and a member of its highest policy making body – the Working Committee. I will send my resignation from this post also to the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi). I shall then start my campaign.”
“A big chapter in my four-decade old involvement in party politics has ended,” said the 76-year-old leader.
Mukherjee is pitted against former Lok Sabha speaker Purno A. Sangma, who has the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and some constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), as also the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal.
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