Tuesday December 12, 2017

Let’s maximise Ganesh Chaturthi, minimise pollution: B-Town

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Mumbai: Festive spirit swept the tinsel town with chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ echoing on the virtual platform, courtesy celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Arjun Kapoor and Dia Mirza, who wished their fans and followers a ‘Happy Ganesh Chaturthi’ on Twitter.

photo credit: indianexpress.com
photo credit: indianexpress.com

Stars like Arjun, Dia, Nimrat Kaur and Sophie Choudry also stressed on the need to go eco-friendly to celebrate the festival as a step towards a better tomorrow.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival which marks the birth of Lord Ganesha, and is being celebrated across India on Thursday.

Here’s what the celebrities tweeted:

Amitabh Bachchan: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi … blessings and prosperity and love.

Sridevi: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all of you. May this day bring prosperity, happiness and peace in your lives. Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Madhuri Dixit Nene: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. My most favorite celebration of the year!

Sonu Sood: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi… May Ganpati bless everyone!

Nimrat Kaur: Let’s maximise this Ganesh Chaturthi with minimum noise, pollution, inconvenience to those around us! A celebration can’t be any other way.

Sushant Singh Rajput: Faith is the window… Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone.

R. Madhavan: WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI… May the good lord bless you with all the peace, happiness and great Health.

Varun Dhawan: Happy #GaneshChaturthi everybody. Hope baapa blesses everyone’s homes.

Arjun Kapoor: Ganesh chaturti ke shubh avsar pe a nudge in the right directon… let’s have an Eco friendly celebration this year.

Shraddha Kapoor: Ganpati bappa morya! It’s that time of the year again for festivities, family time and modaks! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi guys!

Priyanka Chopra: This Ganesh Chaturthi listen to the power packed #Gajanana from #BajiraoMastani its amazing!

Raveena Tandon: Aap sabhi ko Ganesh chaturti Ki hardhik shubhkamnaaye! Ganpati bappa Morya!

Arjun Rampal: GANAPATI BAPPA MORYA. Jai Shree Ganesha. Our Ganesha is home. So beautiful. Love, peace and may Lord…

Kunal Kemmu: Ganpati Bappa Moryaaaa!

Jackky Bhagnani: Let’s all pray for brand new beginnings and a prosperous future on this Ganesh Chaturthi #GanpatiBappaMorya.

Sanjay Suri: Wishing you all a very #HappyGaneshChaturthi. Also hoping for all to hv #EcoFriendly idols. While we celebrate lets protect #AquaticLife.

Neil Nitin Mukesh: He is back.GANPATI BAPPA MORAYA!

Vishal Dadlani: Ganpati Bappa MORYA! I’m an atheist, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like modaks! Celebrate considerately and responsibly!

Ritesh Sidhwani: Mein Aur Hamara Ganesha! Couldn’t miss being home this year…Ganpati Bappa Moriya.

Mika Singh: Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi..May god bless you all on this very auspicious day.

Dia Mirza: Lord Ganesha symbolises consciousness. #HappyGaneshChaturthi #EarthFriendlyIdols #NoNoise #Saadhna #WISDOM #Love.

Sophie Choudry: Ganpati Bappa Moriya?? Wish u peace, prosperity & positivity on this auspicious occasion! Pls be kind to the environment! #GaneshChaturthi.

Bipasha Basu: Happy Ganest Utsav to all:) Ganpati Bappa morya

Esha Gupta: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Manish Paul: GANPATI BAPPA MORYA! sending blessings to all of u!lemme present to u…the one n only….GANPATI BAPPAAAAAAA!

Tisca Chopra: If u put 1 foot in front of the other,u will reach.2 begin the journey is what is important & wht better day than t’day #HappyGaneshChaturthi

Milap Zaveri: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. I’m sure the Lord wouldn’t want u to be a public nuisance with loud crackers/Music n traffic snarls! So pls refrain!

Sunny Leone: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone be safe & have a wonderful day celebrating. I hope everyone is going to be eco friendly to the sea this year

Manoj Bajpayee: May Lord Ganesha bring you good luck and prosperity! #HappyGaneshChaturthi

Kailash Kher : We have proud history to celebrate life, may all be blessed with health, happiness, love, peace on this auspicious day #HaapyGaneshChaturthi

Vivek Oberoi: Ganpati Bappa Morya!!! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! May Lord Ganesh bless you with good health, prosperity and success in everything you do

Ronit Roy: Blessings from our home to you and your families. Jai Ganesh Deva!

(IANS)

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Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi Kapoor all set to debut in Bollywood

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Daughter of Sridevi
Jhanvi Kapoor is the daughter of veteran actress Sridevi and Director Boney Kapoor

Radhika Bhirani

“Let me tell you, I feel like a newcomer,” Sridevi asserts, breaking into a giggle almost reminiscent from her ahead-of-times 1991 film “Lamhe”, even as she prepares to let her elder daughter loose in the Bollywood world. She says nothing comes easy in life, and she is sure her Jhanvi is ready to face the challenges.

Jhanvi, who is frequently followed by the paparazzi in Mumbai, will reportedly foray into films with a remake of Marathi hit “Sairat”.

Steering clear of divulging details about Jhanvi’s debut, Sridevi told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “She has chosen this path and profession, and I have been in this industry for long. So I am mentally more prepared than her. She has been watching me, and knows what she is getting into.”

“Nothing is going to be a cakewalk in any profession. So you have to work hard, and there will be challenges. I’m sure she is ready for it.”

The charismatic actress made a powerful comeback of sorts with “Mom” earlier this year — five years after her delightful plain Jane avatar in “English Vinglish”.

As “Mom”, which will soon release in Russia, nears its world television premiere on &Pictures on Saturday, Sridevi — who also has daughter Khushi — spoke about her worries as a parent.

“I’m of course worried when they go out, but luckily, they know their limits and they are very responsible children. When you have responsible children, half the battle is over. So, you don’t have to worry. But you are concerned. The concern will never go, and you’ll always be conscious about them,” said the 54-year-old.

Sridevi has been a big screen delight since her Bollywood debut with the 1978 movie “Solva Sawan”. But acting is something she started when she was all of four. In Hindi cinema, “Himmatwala”, “Mr. India”, “Chandni”, “Sadma”, “Nagina”, “ChaalBaaz”, “Lamhe” and “Khuda Gawah” are some of the films which established her footing as a performer who took woman power seriously.

The trait has continued with “English Vinglish” and “Mom” — in both of which she played the strong role of a mother effectively.

While most women actors in India complain about lack of roles for older actresses, Sridevi retorted: “Let me tell you, I feel that my career has just started, haan (giggles). I feel like a newcomer, and I feel that my career is going to start now. It’s not finished, it’s going to start now.”

She is also unlike many others — even much younger actors — who are putting their life story into books.

“Arre, maine kuch achieve nai kiya (I haven’t achieved anything), where I write about my story or my book. There’s a long way to go. There’s nothing, nothing like this,” she said, sounding almost ignorant, but humble, of the fan followers of her emotive power and fluid dancing skills.

At this point, she is just enthused to deliver more.

“There are definitely two films that are coming up, but it’s too early to talk about it. (There’s) Nothing I can say right now,” she said.

Over the years, Sridevi has not just embraced the changes in Indian cinema, but also opened up herself to an environment where celebrities — as opposed to her own shy self in her earlier days — need to go all out to promote her projects.

“Look, with the time, I have definitely opened up. I am definitely introvert and shy, and have never been rude to… I’ve definitely been shy, but thanks to my children, I have opened up. Somewhere, you have to change with the time.

“You can’t be like what you were… It doesn’t work that way. And do that (change) within your comfort, not by going out of it.”

That besides, she says a positive frame of mind, helps her look forward to what life has to offer.

“Be in a positive frame of mind, be happy, fulfil your goals, work hard… It never goes waste.”

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Paradise Papers: The “loot” of Nation’s Wealth by the “ultra-rich” of the Country

India ranks 19th out of 180 countries in Paradise Papers.

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One of the largest belongs to Mukesh Ambani.
One of the largest belongs to Mukesh Ambani. Wikimedia Commons

By Salil Gewali

India boasts of having one of the largest and expensive modern mansions in the world – second only to the palace built by Sultan of Brunei. That belongs none other than a filthy rich Mukesh Ambani. But very contrastingly, India has also often been disgraced for its maximum number of citizens who spend their nights, their weeks, their months and years in the open pavement even in the cutting cold of the winter. Yes, the country bears the burden of the largest number of poor people in the world – approximately 276 million people live below poverty line. What a vast difference between the haves – the super-rich, and the have-nots.

The “loot” of nation’s wealth by the “ultra-rich” of the country had been going on quietly until the German newspaper brought out to the open the details of Paradise Papers from Appleby, the Bermuda-based legal service provider. Needless to say, for the ultra-rich, the name of the game is “tax planning”, offshore finance, the creation of off-shore entities, et al. In the eyes of our authorities, it is about “deemed lapses in corporate governance, alleged fund diversion, irregularities in disclosure norms,” and so on. One wonders, in this scenario, what is at stake for the common man?

  As for the common man, his humble “paradise” is being looted; his God-given right to share his due is throttled. His children’s chances to come up in life, if at all there are any, are choked. His right to a “fair living” is gradually drifting apart. Because the very means of his life is plundered by a few ultra-rich. On a wider outlook, at the national level, the country’s wealth is burgled and robbed. Then who are these plunderers?

There are more than 700 of them from our country in the disclosed list of having Paradise Papers– the disclosure is still incomplete – of Paradise Papers. Very funnily, these names include persons, who the common man relies on, worship, holds in high esteem and vows to give his life for. Film star Amitabh Bachchan, who is often worshipped, Union Minister of State  Jayant Sinha, BJP Rajya Sabha M.P., R.K. Sinha, Corporate tycoon Vijay Mallya, Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, Harsha Moily, son of former UPA Minister Veerappa Moily, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s wife Dilnashin, son of former UPA powerhouse and Central Minister P. Chidambaram, former Union Minister Sachin Pilot, and several others who is who of India’s Corporate world, politics, and other fields. Interestingly, What more? Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, Lord Ashcroft, the most prominent British politician, U.S. Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, Shakira, Madonna and notoriously disgraced Harvey Weinstein, for his sexual wrongdoings and so on and so forth.

In spite of strict regulations in every country, it would be interesting to know, how these celebrities, politicians, multinationals, and the ultra-rich individuals are hiding Paradise Papers. I’m not wrong that rules in every country have built-in loopholes. In other words, rules of every country have provided loopholes to the cunning and crafty to circumvent them. And we have got them in abundance. The very fact that our country ranks 19th out of 180 countries in Paradise Papers is certainly not something that we can cheer about.

 The wealthy form shell companies, “foundations”, and “trusts” as a cover to hide their money from tax authorities. They form “offshore” accounts that are handled by law firms specializing in these “offshore’ expertise. To the world, their forceful argument is “offshore” banking which is legal. But, this is practiced by only the ultra-rich to evade tax. They take advantage of the legal loop-hole by taking shelter under the tax treaties by our Government.

  But frankly speaking, will they ever be able to “use” that wealth? I don’t think it’s possible in the practical world. They can’t even see, touch and feel their wealth they have once dispatched. Not even after 500 years, they can use it if they ever could live.  Because these super-rich people already have countless wealth which is in their various kind of treasury vaults.  Is it not the paradise of illusion then?

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter @SGewali.

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Delhi Smog : Bollywood Actors Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Tapsee Pannu share Their concern on Social Media

Bollywood actors expresses their concern over Delhi Smog.

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Varun Dhawan shares his concern over Delhi Smog
Varun Dhawan shares his concern over Delhi Smog.Instagram
  • Delhi smog levels are going high day by day and have become a major health concern for delhiites.
  • Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Tapsee Bannu and other express their concern over Delhi Smog.

Bollywood Actors share messages about Delhi Smog

Delhi Smog has choked almost everyone’s breath. Actor Varun Dhawan who is currently shooting in Delhi for his movie ‘October’ gives a message to go green in his Instagram post. He is masked and taking a selfie with a sheet of thick smog in the background. He even captioned his selfie, “I have clicked this selfie to show you guys what actual smog looks like. I don’t want to preach I am equally to blame for this mess as most of the citizens of our great country, but now instead of blaming each other and the government let’s change. It’s time we go green. #delhichokes.”

Actors like Taapsee Pannu, Arjun Kapoor and Dia Mirza also shared their messages on social media. They wrote-

Arjun tweeted the video of an accident which took place on Yamuna Expressway today due to high level of smog.

Prepared By Pragya Mital f NewsGram | Twitter @PragyaMittal05