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Indian-American among HBO writers’ fellowship

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Washington: An Indian-American woman is one of the nine people who were chosen for American cable television network HBO’s writers’ fellowship programme.  HBO-Logo.svg

“Prathiksha Srinivasan, along with writing partner Joshua Levy, was chosen out of 2,000 submissions for an eight-month-long HBO’s fellowship programme. A series of master classes will be held in mid-August at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California,” a statement on HBO’s official website read.

“The classes will consist of discussions with HBO executives and showrunners and will focus on character, story, pitching, securing an agent, and networking,” the statement added.

Hailing from Chennai, Srinivasan’s love of writing stems from the Hindu mythological stories that her grandmother told her in childhood.

Moving to the US was a culture shock that resulted in her passion for characters who are stuck between where they come from and where they are going.

Srinivasan earned bachelor’s in literature from the University of Texas.

The Writing Fellowship programme caters to those writers who are interested in building a career in series television. Writers develop original pilots and are considered for series staffing opportunities.

(IANS)

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Gurbir S Grewal nominated to be the next attorney general of New Jersey, US

Gurbir S Grewal has been nominated to be the next attorney general of US and would be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position in United States

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Gurbir S Grewal nominated to be the next attorney general of US.
Gurbir S Grewal nominated to be the next attorney general of US. Facebook
  • Gurbir S Grewal is nominated to be the next attorney general of New Jersey, US
  • He would be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position

In a historic first, a distinguished Sikh public prosecutor “who has experienced hate and intolerance first-hand” has been nominated to be the next attorney general of the US state of New Jersey.

If Gurbir S. Grewal’s nomination by Democrat Governor-elect Phil Murphy is approved by the State Senate early next year, he will be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position in the United States and the second Indian-American, after Kamala Harris, who held the position in California before her election to the US Senate.

Announcing the nomination in the state capital, Trenton, on Tuesday, Murphy said: “In light of all that is being thrown at us by the president, we need an attorney general unafraid to join our fellow states in using the law to protect all New Jersey residents.”

Grewal, 44, is the prosecutor of Bergen County, an important district across the river from New York city. He was appointed to by the current Republican Governor Chris Christie and that is likely to mute any opposition the senate.

Symbolic of the public acceptance of minorities despite scattered incidents of bigotry, two Sikhs were elected mayors last month, Ravi Bhalla in Hoboken, New Jersey, and Preet Didbal in Yuba City, California.

Vin Gopal, who became the first Indian-American to be elected to the New Jersey State Senate last month, said that Grewal is someone “not only eminently qualified, but who will bring a perspective to the office that is diverse and long-overdue.”

After Murphy made the announcement, Grewal said: “I wanted to give back to a country that has given us and other immigrant families like us so much.”

Turning to his three daughters, Kyrpa, Mayher and Mahek, who were with him, he said: “As someone who has experienced hate and intolerance first-hand throughout my life, I wanted to work to ensure we all live in and that the three of you grow up in a fair and just society.”

Grewal added: “I wanted to perhaps also show people that while I and others like me may look different or worship differently, that we, too, are committed to this country.”

Hailing Grewal’s nomination, Rajwant Singh, the co-founder of the National Sikh Campaign, said: “These are exactly the kind of role models our youngsters need to feel proud of being a Sikh and an American.”

“While America could be seen having a very polarized situation politically and yet there are some very shining moments to show that people of all backgrounds can aspire for top positions,” he added.

South Asian Bar Association President Rishi Bagga, said: “The decision to appoint a visible minority as the chief law enforcement officer for New Jersey reflects the diversity of the state and of the US, and is especially important in a time where minorities and immigrants have often felt targeted by law enforcement.”

Attorney General is a very powerful position New Jersey heading the Department of Law and Public Safety, which includes the state police.

Grewal has earlier served as an assistant federal prosecutor in New York and in New Jersey, where he was also the chief of the Economic Crimes Unit.

In the administration of former President Barack Obama, Indian Americans have held senior law positions. Neal Kumar Katyal was an Acting Solicitor General.

Sri Srinivasan, now a federal appeals court judge in Washington, did a stint as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General.

Vanita Gupta was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and headed the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

US President Donald Trump has appointed Uttam Dhillon to be his special assistant and associate counsel. (IANS)

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Game of Thrones Superstars- Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington Are Engaged

The Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, who were the show's lover interest a few seasons back have got engaged.

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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie.

Yes, it’s official! The Game of Thrones superstars- Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have got engaged. And, the way they have made their engagement public, has left their fans awestruck. The two announced the news via The Times newspaper. They had placed the ad in the forthcoming marriages section.

The announcement said, “The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, the middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie Aberdeenshire.”

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Their closeness began in the second season of Game of Thrones, when, Rose Leslie joined the series as Kit Harrington’s love interest. Jon Snow and Ygritte’s story was loved by the audience. But, Leslie left the show after two years. The two made their first public appearance as a couple in the Olivier Awards in April 2016.

The couple has been spotted on various occasions since they made their relationship public. Kit and Rose were spotted enjoying a day of shopping and sightseeing, while the lovebirds were on vacation in Greece earlier in May this year. The Game of Thrones stars also attended the premiere party of the show’s seventh season at Walt Disney Concert Hall in July 2017 at Los Angeles.

Vogue Italia published a story with Harington; wherein, he confessed that filming in Iceland during the HBO’s Game of Thrones’ second season was the best experience. He said that the country was extremely beautiful, and the Northern lights were magical because that was the place where he fell in love with Leslie. The 30-year-old actor said that he was already attracted to Leslie, and then she became her love interest in the show, which became even easier to fall in love.

Fans have gone crazy on social media platforms over the duo’s engagement. They have been appreciating Kit Harrington a.k.a Jon Snow for bending the knee, in reference to his character in the show.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at Twitter @ImMeghaacharya.

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Game of Thrones (GoT) Season Finale to Have ‘More Than One’ Endings

"Game of Thrones" season eight will reportedly go on the floors in October

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Viewers across the globe are waiting for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Wikimedia

Los Angeles, September 14, 2017 : The makers of popular American fantasy series “Game of Thrones” have decided to shoot multiple versions of the ending of the upcoming season eight in order to avoid any chances of leaks.

As the episodes of the show have been leaked on numerous occasions earlier, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys says the makers will shoot different endings to the eighth and final season, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“I know in ‘Game of Thrones’, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens,” Bloys told The Morning Call newspaper.

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“You have to do that on a long show because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end,” Bloys added.

“Game of Thrones” season eight will reportedly go on the floors in October. (IANS)